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Kite & Key 2003 Recipients


Ronald K. Mengel
VP, Industry Affairs Fire Solutions Group, Honeywell Corporation

Ronald Mengel has been engaged in NEMA activities since the mid-1980s. He is immediate past chairman of NEMA’s Communication, Signaling, and Protection Section, and was instrumental in the development of codes for the fire alarm industry, promotion of the California School Bill, and leadership of the section task force that worked to revise the fire alarm requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He is currently vice president of industry affairs in the Fire Solutions Group of Honeywell Corporation, where he directs the development and improvement of fire protection codes and standards in North America and abroad, and coordinates efforts in industry-sponsored research and training. He has been involved in the international fire detection and industrial process control industries for over 30 years.

In 1981, Mengel joined Pittway Corporation’s then BRK Division as director, international sales and marketing. Prior to that, he served as vice president of sales and marketing with a division of Esterline Corporation, and earlier as product manager and process computer specialist with General Electric.

Mengel is a member and past chairman of the board of directors of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA), a full member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and principal member of four technical committees of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Philip J. Hopkinson
President and Chief Executive Officer, HVOLT, Inc.

Philip Hopkinson graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, and went on to receive a master of science degree in system science from Polytechnic Institute of New York. He has over 37 years of experience in the electrical industry, beginning his career with General Electric.

In 1987, he joined Cooper Power Systems and held several engineering management positions in the distribution transformer business. Hopkinson joined Square D in 1992, where he served as director of engineering for its transformer section. In 2002, he started his own power transformer consulting business, HVOLT, Inc., where he is currently president and chief executive officer. Hopkinson has been actively involved with NEMA since 1978.

In addition to serving on numerous technical committees, he has been a member of NEMA’s Board of Governors; chairman of the power equipment division; chairman of the Government Affairs Policy Committee’s Task Force on Energy Policy; chairman of Accredited Standards Committee C57 on Transformers, Regulators, Reactors, and Bushings; chairman of the Dry Type and Specialty Transformer Committee; and chairman of the Transformer Section. In addition to his involvement with NEMA, Hopkinson currently serves as U.S. technical advisor to IEC TC14 on Power Transformers, holds 14 U.S. patents, and has published several technical papers. He is also a registered professional engineer and an IEEE Fellow.

Morgan W. Nields
President and Chief Executive Officer, SenoLase, Inc.

Morgan Nields is a current member of NEMA’s Board of Governors, as well as the longest standing member of NEMA’s Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy System Division Board of Directors, where he has served twice as chairman. Nields holds a bachelor of arts degree from Williams College, and a master’s in business administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

In 1970, Nields worked with the vice president of the Eurafrican region of Graco, Inc., where he was responsible for management information systems throughout Europe. Later, he became president and chief executive officer of Fischer Imaging Corporation, where he converted the Fischer organization into a manufacturer of high-tech medical x-ray systems. A merger between Fischer and Diasonics, Inc. moved Nields into the position of president and chief operating officer of Diasonics, Inc., in 1983. When the merger was rescinded, Nields returned to Fischer as chairman and chief executive officer.

In 2003, Nields stepped down as chairman of Fischer Imaging to become president and chief executive officer of SenoLase, Inc., a company that is developing a laser ablation system for treating breast cancer.

He is as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Steering Committee for Industry Affairs, and serves as a board member for several private and not-for-profit corporations. He has also served as a board member for various publicly traded companies.