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Don Frikken, PE (USA) is an internationally recognized authority in piping design.  Now employed by Becht Engineering, Don had been with Solutia, Inc. and Monsanto Company for 34 years; working on a wide range of activities including piping and mechanical design, project engineering, and engineering standards.


However, Don's principal specialty is piping design, including design of complex piping systems, piping flexibility analysis, selection of piping components including valves, development of piping standards and specifications, and developing and teaching numerous piping seminars and workshops. He is an ASME Fellow and has been active on various ASME standards committees. 

He is past Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code committee, past Vice-Chair of the B31 Standards Committee, which oversees all B31 Piping Code committees, member of the B16 Standards Committee, member of the Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards, member of the Council on Codes and Standards, which oversees the development and maintenance of six hundred ASME codes and standards, and just recently completed a three year term as an ASME Senior Vice President.

Don has received a number of awards, and last year was awarded the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of documents used in ASME programs of technical codification, standardization and certification.  Don graduated with a B.S.M.E. from Kansas State University and has a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.



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