Rich Heppe receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award
Rich Heppe receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award

The Hydraulic Institute’s Annual Awards were presented earlier this month at the 2018 Annual Conference’s Gala & Awards Dinner in Phoenix, Arizona.

The HI recognized Rich Heppe, retired president, Industrial Motors & Systems, Nidec Motor Corp, with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Heppe has supported the pump industry as an engineer, marketing leader and president for motor companies over a 45-year career.

Julian Atchia, director of research and development, SJE-Rhombus, was named HI Member of the Year.

The 2017 Pump Systems Matter Leadership Award went to Jim Swetye, technical training manager, Grundfos USA, while Ernest Sturtz, pump systems specialist, CDM Smith – Water Services, was the 2017 Standards Partner of the Year.