J. Robert "Bob" Sims, Past President of the ASME, is a recognized authority in risk-based technologies for optimizing inspection and maintenance decisions; design and analysis of high pressure equipment, including high pressure, high temperature (HPHT) equipment for oil and gas exploration and production and he has extensive experience in mechanical integrity evaluations of existing equipment and Fitness-For-Service analyses. Mr. Sims is currently a member of the ASME Board of Governors; past ASME Senior Vice President for Codes and Standards and past Chairman of the Codes and Standards Board of Directors.  Prior to joining Becht, he worked for more than thirty years with Exxon (now ExxonMobil) - the last ten years as a pressure equipment specialist with Exxon Research and Engineering Company.