A technical director for The Lincoln Electric Co. of Cleveland, Damian Kotecki, has been elected president of the American Welding Society, Miami. Kotecki plans to focus on international-standards development, education programs, and certification of welding personnel as he expands AWS's global presence. He has served as AWS vice president, a member of the group's board of directors, a director-at-large, and chaired a number of the Society's technical committees. Kotecki is technical director of stainless and high alloy product development for Lincoln Electric's Consumable R&D Department. Visit aws.org or lincolnelectric.com for more information.