Board Members

Board Members

The Welding Research Council, Inc. Board Members

David Osage, P.E., ASME Fellow

David OsageChairman of the Board, The Welding Research Council, Inc. | President & CEO of The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

Mr. Osage has over 30 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industry both as an owner-user and as a consultant.  He is internationally recognized as an industry expert and leader in the development and use of FFS technology.  As the architect and principal author of API 579 Fitness-For-Service, he developed many of the assessment methodologies and supporting technical information.

Mr. Osage is the Chairman of the Board of the Welding Research Council (WRC).  WRC now incorporates both the Materials Properties Council (MPC) and the Pressure Vessel Research Council (PVRC).  These councils were created by the Engineering Foundation, a coordinating organization of the major engineering societies that was formed over one-hundred years ago, to meet the industry’s needs for knowledge regarding the properties and performance of materials in engineering applications.  Mr. Osage will be working to ensure that the vast amount of technology and data of these organizations is preserved and made available to the industry.


Martin Prager, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin PragerExecutive Director, The Welding Research Council, Inc.

Dr. Martin Prager is the Executive Director of the Welding Research Council (WRC), and he served for nine years as Chairman of the IIW Commission XI on Pressure Vessels, Boilers, and Pipelines.  After receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University, he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from UCLA while working at Rocketdyne on the large liquid launch engines for the Apollo project.  He was engaged in solving welding, heat treating, and performance problems with materials as diverse as aluminum alloys; stainless steels; and high-strength, high-temperature alloys.

Dr. Prager has led many industry-wide development projects for the WRC, including the electric power industry’s response to high temperature failures of longitudinally-welded chrome-moly steam piping and optimization of dissimilar metal welds for creep service.  WRC projects for the petroleum industry have included developing high-strength, hydrogen-resistant pressure vessel steels and the vanadium modified 2 ¼ chrome-molybdenum steel. Dr. Prager developed methods for assessing remaining lives of steels in environments that lead to hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) or hydrogen attack (HTHA).  His studies have led to the development of tools for assessing creep-life (Omega Method) and toughness, which have been adopted into API and ASME Fitness-For-Service standards.

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