ASME honours Ray Lewis

Mr Lewis has been sharing his wealth of knowledge, experience and leadership in the areas of pipeline pressure testing technology, inline inspection and all aspects of pipeline integrity management for nearly 70 years.

In recognition of his long-term contributions – including his more than 20-year involvement in the ASME B31.8 Code Committee – he was presented with the Certificate of Achievement for Meritorious Service by ASME representative Robert Appleby.

As a young boy growing up during the depression near oil fields in Smackover, Arkansas, Mr Lewis had a simple goal – to end the poverty cycle and contribute to his family’s wellbeing.

He began working as a derrickman in the oil fields at 15; becoming so familiar with the oil fields, a career in petroleum engineering was the natural path for him to follow.

Working in pressure testing when it was still in its infancy, Mr Lewis became a true leader in the development of pipeline integrity management.

His involvement in industry associations and committees – including the American Gas Association, ASME, Gas Piping Technology Committee, INGAA Foundation and Southern Gas Association – helped lay the groundwork for integrity engineering in the US.

After nearly 25 years of varied industry experience, long-time business associate Hermann Rosen chose Mr Lewis and Ford, Bacon & Davis to introduce and represent Rosen’s intelligent pigging services in the US market, naming him Vice President in 1987.

After a brief retirement, Mr Lewis returned to the industry, accepting the position at Rosen as the Director of Business Development for North America in 1996, paving the way for Rosen’s success in the US market.

In 2017, Mr Lewis retired at 90 years of age.

For more information visit the Rosen website.

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