Ara Nalbandian, P.E. is Vice President of the Professional Engineering Division of Thielsch Engineering. He is responsible for engineering activities involving major technical problems and the resolution of situations involving mechanical engineering, materials metallurgical engineering, manufacturing processes, welding technologies, nondestructive examinations and other aspects of plant operations and engineering.
Nalbandian has over 35 years of experience in failure analysis, product design and development, performance testing and evaluation and condition assessment. As part of his broad failure analysis experience, he has been extensively involved in major failures including boiler explosion, refinery and chemical plant fires and explosions, steam and gas turbines, compressors, gas generators, HRSG, pumps, heat exchanger, reformers, reactors, pressure vessels, piping, valves, draglines, Yankee dryers, paper machine dryer rolls, crank shaft, gears, internal combustion engines, forging and extrusion presses, aluminum smelters and electrolytical cells. His experience also extends to power and recovery boilers, condenser chiller, oil and gas transmission pipelines, mining equipment, and water and waste-water systems.
As a consulting engineer, he has extensive experience in the areas of product liability, cause and origin investigation, patent infringement, litigation and arbitration. He has provided expert testimony in the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America. Mr. Nalbandian has also lectured at local and national engineering conferences, seminars and meetings.
Nalbandian serves on major Committees for various Standard and Code writing organizations. He has extensive experience in the interpretation of Codes and Standards of the ASME, ASTM, AWS, API, ABS, NACE, NFPA and ISO. He is a registered professional engineer in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.
Ara Nalbandian received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds an M.S. degree in Industrial Management from the University of Rhode Island.