The Hydraulic Institute, the largest pump manufacturing trade association in the U.S., has announced the retirement of HI Technical Director Gregg Romanyshyn and the appointment of Peter F. Gaydon as the new Standards Engineering Director.

As Technical Director, Romanyshyn has led the Institute’s extensive standards and guideline writing organization since December 1999. His retirement is effective April 30, 2015.  During the past 15 years, Romanyshyn and the engineering staff team have supported nearly 40 HI technical standards and guideline writing committees whose membership includes engineers from leading pump manufacturers, suppliers to the pump industry, and engineering consulting firms who are members of the Hydraulic Institute. 

HI says the scope of the association’s standards-writing activities has expanded under Romanyshyn’s leadership to include 33 HI standards and currently five technical guidelines have been published, with plans to release a new guideline annually for the next four years.

Over the last three and a half years, Romanyshyn offered technical guidance and insights into the U.S. Department of Energy pump efficiency rulemaking, where HI has taken a leadership role on behalf of the U.S. pump industry. Working closely with hundreds of industry volunteers and pump and systems experts in HI’s technical organization Romanyshyn has also made numerous contributions to the growth of Pump Systems Matter, HI’s educational non-profit subsidiary, in creating new courses and webinars designed to help pump end-users understand pump and pumping systems technology and optimization opportunities. After retirement from the Institute, Romanyshyn will remain available to HI in a consulting capacity.

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HI also announced the appointment of Gaydon as Standards Engineering Director, effective Sept. 8, 2014.  In this capacity, Gaydon will be responsible for supporting the Director, Technical Affairs, in providing staff leadership for the accomplishment of HI’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives, focusing on the Institute’s strategic plan.

Most recently Gaydon served as a Pump Improvement Engineer with Flowserve, Flow Solutions Group in Bethlehem, Pa.  Previously he was a design engineer with Chempump, a Division of Teikoku USA in Warminster, Pa.  He holds a bachelor’s of science in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred University in Alfred, NY.
In his new role with the Hydraulic Institute Gaydon will assist in the development and support all aspects of the Institute’s technical programs, including the development of standards, guidelines, and technical documents, and will provide support for webinars and educational and certification and labeling programs, as required to maintain the accuracy, high integrity, and objectivity of HI products. He will also ensure that HI standards conform to ANSI Essential Requirements and HI Policy and Procedures. 

Robert Asdal, HI Executive Director, who also recently announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015, said,“On May 1, 2015 Peter will become HI’s third Technical Director succeeding the distinguished technical contributions of Gregg Romanyshyn during his 15-year tenure with the Hydraulic Institute. HI has been fortunate to have Gregg’s technical leadership during a time when HI established Pump Systems Matter and expanded education and training programs based on standards and guidelines. During his tenure HI’s geographic footprint has expanded globally, as have HI’s influence with impending government regulations. Gregg has played key roles in the success of the outcomes of these strategic initiatives.  We are grateful for the important roles that he has played in the growth of the Hydraulic Institute… and look forward to working with him as HI sets up the staff leadership transition to Peter Gaydon.”