Ontario, Calif. — IAPMO Green Technical Committee member Shabbir Rawalpindiwala recently received the prestigious Patrick J. Higgins Medal at the ASME A112 Plumbing Materials & Equipment Meeting in San Antonio.
Pete DeMarco, senior vice president of Advocacy and Research for The IAPMO Group, presented the award to Rawalpindiwala on Jan. 29.
The Board on Standardization & Testing established the award to honor Patrick J. Higgins, a longtime chairman of the A112 Committee on Plumbing Materials & Equipment and a member of the Board on Standardization.
The award, first given out in 2008, recognizes an individual who has contributed to the enhancement of standardization through participation in the development and promotion of ASME codes and standards or conformity assessment programs in a number of areas.
Rawalpindiwala, the manager of Codes & Standards for Kohler Co., is a former director of Standards and director of Quality Control for IAPMO.
“I am very grateful to ASME for presenting me with this award,” Rawalpindiwala said. “Beyond the recognition of my work at ASME, this medal has an additional special meaning to me due to the close friendship I enjoyed with Pat Higgins.”
DeMarco, a member of the A112 Committee on Plumbing and Materials who is also the chairman of the Patrick J. Higgins Award Committee, said it was an honor and a pleasure to present the medal.
“Shabbir has made countless contributions toward advancing standardization in the plumbing industry and is most deserving of this award,” he said. “Without a doubt, Pat Higgins would be very pleased to know that the award bearing his name was presented to Shabbir.”
ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 140,000 members in 151 countries. Thirty thousand of these members are students.
Founded in Los Angeles in 1926, IAPMO has grown to be recognized the world over for its Uniform Codes. With offices in 12 U.S. states and 13 countries, IAPMO has assisted with code development all over the world, and provisions from its Uniform Plumbing Code protect more than half the world’s population. For more information, visit www.iapmo.org.