2012 IIW AWARDS: André Leroy Prize

André Leroy PrizeThe André Leroy Prize, sponsored by the French Delegation, was presented by Dr. Abdelkrim Chehaibou, Head of the French Delegation, to Mr John S. Petkovsek (United States) of the Lincoln Electric Company, USA, for his Welding Safety Interactive DVD.
For 32 years, Mr John Petkovsek has actively worked in various areas of the welding industry since joining The Lincoln Electric Company in 1980.
After starting his career there in the Plant Engineering Department, he was appointed Manager of Lincoln Electric’s SMAW manufacturing department, shortly thereafter being promoted to his current position as its global Director of Environment, Health and Safety in 2000. In this role, he oversees the compliance of the company’s manufacturing processes, setting and monitoring EHS objectives to improve employee health and safety and to reduce potentially adverse environmental impacts from their operations. He also develops education/training materials for employees and customers, while establishing programs to conserve natural resources whenever possible.
The holder of a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (1980) and a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University (1985), Mr. Petkovsek has been active in the work of the AWS Safety and Health Technical Committee and sub-committees for the past ten years and has for some time been involved in the IIW, most recently as the US Delegate to Commission VIII.
The prizewinning interactive DVD on Welding Safety was produced in collaboration with Mr Guy Cline, currently Company Counsel at The Lincoln Electric Company since 1996. After graduating with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University (1975) and a Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University Law School (1978), he began his career at the company as an engineer, first in the Machine Division Methods and later the Machine Development Departments. He has maintained a longstanding interest in informing welders about arc welding safety.