Grundfos Training Manager Appointed to H.I. Board

Jim Swetye named Hydraulic Institute’s VP of Education

Grundfos, the Danish pump and water technology manufacturer with American headquarters in Houston, has appointed Jim Swetye, Grundfos Technical Training Manager, to serve on the Board of the Hydraulic Institute (HI) for 2020-2021 as Vice President of Education, the company announced in a May 7 press release sent to Electrical Apparatus.

“It is really an honor to be entrusted with this role as an educator,” said Swetye. “For me, the great thing about this organization is that we at the Hydraulic Institute can continue to develop training based on the knowledge and skill sets needed to assure that sound technical decisions are made concerning the world’s pumping systems. And these systems are a critical part of global infrastructure.”

If Swetye’s name rings a bell, it’s either because he’s done a lot of work in the pumps industry over the years, or because he’s been featured in past editions of this newsletter for running HI webinars back when he was with Pentair in 2012.

In his new role, Swetye is responsible for leading educational initiatives within The Hydraulic Institute. The position “ensures educational content is in alignment with HI’s technical standards and guidelines, while also remaining accessible and addressing user needs,” according to the organization.

In addition to serving on the Board of HI, Swetye serves on the Board of HI’s educational subsidiary Pump Systems Matter (PSM) as Vice Chairman. PSM, the primary focal point for HI’s pump systems education and outreach, helps the pump industry and users gain a more competitive business advantage through strategic, broad-based energy management and pump system performance optimization.

Swetye is a strong, long-time supporter of HI and its educational initiatives. He has served as the Chair of the first HI Educational Affairs Committee and was a founding member of Pump Systems Matter. In 2018, he received the PSM Leadership Award for his long-term and sustained efforts to develop pump system training materials and his commitment to bring high-quality pump systems educational content to a wide range of pump end-users.

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