Executive Committee


Edward G. Ecock, P.E.

Graduated from CCNY in 1976 with a B.S.M.E. Received a M.S.M.E. from Polytechnic Institute of NY in 1981, and a M.B.A. from Pace University in 1986. Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. Employed by Consolidated Edison of NY from 1976 - 2012 as a Department Manager for Research and Development.

ASME activities include: past and present member on the Metropolitan Section Executive Committee; past Member and Secretary on Region II Operating Board; past and current member on the Honors and Awards Committee; past member on the Nominating Committee; past trainer for Region II and District A, and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award. Currently, Chairman of Meetings and Programs Committee.
Gerard Hillenbrand, P.E.

Graduated from Cooper Union. Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York in 1961. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers since 1978.

Mr. Hillenbrand has devoted his career exclusively in mechanical engineering design, with added specialties in design management, technical writing and consulting as well as participating in public engineering society activities. He has spent his career with about ten firms, all in New York Metropolitan area, in the area of Design Engineering.

For the ASME Metropolitan Section, Gerard has been the main reporter of the section for the last fifteen years, producing innumerable articles for the ASME and the Professional Engineering Society ( NSPE). Gerard is working part-time as consultant and enjoys classic music, stamp collecting and scientific and engineering history.
Ahmed Zaza, P.E.

Graduated from Helwan University in 1981 with a B.S.M.E. Received M.S.I.E. from Polytechnic University of NY in 1990.

Licensed as a Professional Engineer in the State of New York. Employed by the Tractor & Engineering Co. as Mechanical Engineering Studies Administrator on 1981, Management Engineer in SHIRA Industries on 1983, then Project Engineer in NYC DEP on 1990. Performing professional Engineering Consultations on local and international projects and for companies like Ambient Environmental, IBM, NY Hospital, Turner Construction, IMA and others since 1998 until present.

Joined ASME since year 2000 and actively joined the Executive Committee since 2003.
Melissa Nairn, P.E.

Ms. Nairn graduated from Lehigh University in 1978 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York since 1985 through 2017.

Ms Nairn recently retired from her job as manager of a natural gas utility located in the New York metropolitan area after more than 37 years in the utility business. She started her career as a process engineer at a synthetic natural gas manufacturing plant in Brooklyn, New York. She was later responsible for planning the development and optimizing the use of the utility’s natural gas supply portfolio. She then managed the utility’s gas rate department with responsibility for developing gas rates and filing rate cases.

Ms Nairn has supported the ASME Metropolitan Section since 2013 and is currently Secretary of the Executive Committee. She enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening and playing the viola.

Angelo Tafuni, Ph.D.

Dr. Tafuni graduated from Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy) in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He received two Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, one from New York University in 2012, and one from Polytechnic of Bari in 2014. He earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from New York University.

He is currently employed as tenure-track assistant professor with a joint appointment between the School of Applied Engineering and Technology and the Mechanical Engineering Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dr. Tafuni conducts numerical and experimental research in the field of fluid dynamics and heat transfer, with a special emphasis on numerical methods for free-surface hydrodynamics and liquid sloshing. His work has been published in several journal and conference proceedings articles.

He joined ASME in 2012 and is actively involved in the Executive Committee of the ASME Metropolitan Section since 2018. He is also a member of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE).
Nihar Garg

Nihar graduated from Purdue University in 2016 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing his MS in Mechanical Engineering (with a concentration in Robotics and Control) from Columbia University. He joined his local student ASME section while at Purdue, and remains actively involved in ASME as a member of the Executive Committee at the Metropolitan Section.
Nihar has had a diverse engineering career over several industries, and he is able to offer perspectives on a wide range of topics. He is passionate about using automation to make the world a better place for all! He is happy to answer questions from early career engineers and guide them through their professional journey.
Evren U. Azeloglu, Ph.D.

He graduated from Stony Brook University Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and completed his M.S. in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University with Dr. Kevin Costa and finished his postdoctoral fellowship in systems pharmacology with Dr. Ravi Iyengar. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine, Nephrology and an Associate Professor of Pharmacological Sciences in Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Azeloglu directs Systems Bioengineering Lab (SBL). Extramurally funded by NIH, DoD and numerous other sources, SBL aims to develop precision medicine tools for translational drug discovery. He is an expert in systems biology with more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, abstracts and conference proceedings. His research interests include mechanobiology and biomechanics, microscopy and kidney tissue engineering. He has been an invited reviewer for nearly 50 journals including ASME’s Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, and he is on the editorial board of Kidney International. He has been involved in the Bioengineering Division of ASME since 2001 and with the Metropolitan Section Executive Committee since 2010.
Paul Hansen, P.E.

Graduated Old Dominion University in 1982 with BS in Mechanical Engineering. He later completed an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of NY in 1988. Currently employed as the ENERCON Northeast and Mid West Division Engineering Design Manager. In this capacity Mr. Hansen is responsible for modifications and analysis performed in support of commercial nuclear power plants by the Divisions engineering and design staff.

GPU Nuclear formally employed Mr. Hansen as the Lead Safety Analysis Engineer in support of Oyster Creek. In this capacity Mr. Hansen was responsible for the design basis of this Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) as well as the technical basis for the Emergency Operating Procedures (EOP) and the Severe Accident Management Guidelines (SAMG). Mr. Hansen was responsible for the oversight and development of Thermal Hydraulic analysis of Reactor and Containment Systems. Mr. Hansen was an active member of a number of BWR Owners Group (BWROG) committees including the Emergency Procedures Committee, the Severe Accident Management Guidelines Committee, and the Emergency Core Cooling System Strainer Requirements Committee.

Mr. Hansen recently achieved 25 years of ASME membership. Mr. Hansen participates on the Metropolitan Section Executive Committee managing the website and issuing announcements to the membership and coordinating the newsletter.
Gloria Hom

Graduated from MIT with a BSME and received a MSME from the University of Michigan. She started her career working for General Motors and has well-rounded experience in manufacturing, quality and product development. She has worked in various industries including 10 years in medical devices. Gloria became certified in Web Design and Development from the University of Massachusetts and is a web consultant.

Joined ASME as an undergraduate and previously volunteered for the Boston section. Gloria participates on the Metropolitan Section Executive Committee supporting special projects.

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