Robert Sayer, Vibration Institute President
I am greatly honored to have been elected as the third president of the Vibration Institute. It was with great anticipation that I started my term as president on January 1, 2018. Special thanks to Dave Corelli, past president, and Dr. Ron Eshleman, one of the original founders of the Vibration Institute and its first president. Both assisted greatly during the transition period as I assumed office. I can only hope that any directives I undertake as president will mirror the outstanding efforts of these leaders. I am comforted that both past presidents remain active within the Institute, not only continuing to serve as board members, but Dr. Eshleman as technical director of training, and Dave Corelli as technical director of certification.
Accepting this position was made easier knowing I am supported by a board of the most outstanding talent in our profession. From top-to- bottom, the Board of Directors represents the best of the best in vibration analysis, condition monitoring, and machine reliability.
The most exciting part of taking on the presidency of this fine organization is sharing a vision for the future of the VI with our outstanding executive director Michael Long. We both feel that the future of the Institute revolves around the following:
- Increasing the awareness of the VI, including its training and certification programs, domestically and internationally. Domestically, it is our intention to increase the presence of the VI in the western US. To this end, the first VI Road Show, a traveling one-day training event, was offered in March. It was held in St. Louis, Denver, and Portland. A two-day Regional Training Conference is in the planning stages for the western US during the 1st quarter of 2019. Stay tuned for details on this event. Internationally, we are pleased to report that together with Ritec Engineering of Cairo, Egypt, the sole representative of the VI in the Middle East, we successfully held the first Middle East VI Conference in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt. We thank Dr. Aly El Shafei and his staff at RITEC for their fine efforts in organizing this event. We anticipate that the Middle East Conference will continue on a biannual basis. The VI also participated in the Texas A&M Asian Turbo-Machinery Conference in Singapore.
- Increasing the awareness of the VI training and certification programs within the machine reliability and maintenance communities. This year, we participated in the Reliable Plant Conference (Indianapolis, April 2018), the Reliability Conference (Las Vegas, May 2018), and will be participating in the Aging Plant Conference (Houston, November 2018) and the International Maintenance Conference (Bonita Springs, December 2018). Also, this year, Reliability-Web co-located its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Conference to coincide with the National Vibration Institute Training Conference. This event was held July 17–20 in New York.
- Increasing membership. It is my belief that local participation in the VI is paramount to the success of the Institute. Members are the life blood of our organization and local chapters are the heartbeat that makes it happen. The VI is currently reviewing ways of