CAPT Rich Delpizzo, USNR (Ret.) has over 30 years’ experience working in ship
design, construction and operations, technical review, regulatory requirements application, Navy project
management and defense acquisition. He has worked for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) at its New
York, New Jersey and Washington, DC offices. Since 2004, he led the Washington DC Naval Engineering
office as its Senior Managing Principal Engineer; in January 2010, he was promoted to Manager of
Government Operations. In August 2013, he took on the additional role of Manager for US LNG Development
In addition to chairing ASNE’s Professional Development Committee, Rich serves as Chair for both
SNAME Ship’s Machinery Committee and Panel M-45 on Fuel Cells. Furthermore, he Chairs the Naval
Ship Classification Association, and serves as ABS representative to NATO’s International Naval
Safety Association (INSA). He has served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 28 years, retiring in 2012 as
Rich has 30 years’ experience working in ship design, construction and operations, regulatory
requirements application, and defense acquisition.
- ABS representative to NATO’s International Naval Safety Association from 2013-2019
- SNAME Ship’s Machinery Committee and Panel M-45 on Fuel Cells,
- Classification Society Representative to the ISO Subcommittee on Marine Machinery and Piping Systems
- US Technical Advisory Group (US TAG) to ISO.
Mr. Modesto Lezama is currently a Managing Principal Engineer for
the Machinery, Propulsion, Electrical and Controls team in ABS Corporate Technology. He is an
experienced electrical engineer on power, electrical and control systems for the Marine, Offshore and
His areas of expertise include:
Power generation, power systems design, power systems
analyses (Short Circuit, Arc Flash, Coordination and Protection, Harmonic study, Transient studies,
Power Flow, etc.), earthing & grounding systems, classification review, verification, and
qualification processes of MODU facilities, Semi-submersible Units, TLP, FPSO, Oil carriers, LNG
Automation and Control technologies, advanced power systems AC and DC electrical networks, energy storage
systems (ESS), renewable energy sources (wind, solar, fuel cells), LV & HV energization protocols,
Hazardous Areas classification, Risk Assessment/ Integrity Management, Electrical Safety and Hazard
Analysis, Project HAZOP/LOPA Implementation Strategy.
Mr. Lezama received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Central University of
Venezuela and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems from University of Houston. He
also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida Metropolitan University.
Mr. Lezama is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Texas, and a Chartered Engineer
member of the IET. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Technical Paper Review Volunteer of the IEEE
Safety Sub-Committee, Member of the IEEE Marine Systems Coordinating Committee (MSCC), and the Marine
Technology Society (MTS).