Welding Certifications

University of Maryland Electron Ring
University of Maryland Electron Ring

Certified under AWS D17.1 Aerospace Welding, in Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Titanium.

AWS Certification for structural steel, all positions, unlimited thickness, (specification no. AWSA5.1).

Education and Training

Advanced Welding Technology 2 year Program

Northern Virginia Community College

  • Career Studies Certificate; Welding: Advanced Techniques, June 1993 G.P.A 4.0 (A)
  • Career Studies Certificate; Welding: Basic Techniques, June 1993 G.P.A 4.0 (A)

Twelve week training program and certification at Goddard Space Flight Center, 1992

  • Under mentorship of NASA welder John J. Bichell

Basic Metal Machining (EDIT 262) – University of Maryland, 1991 grade: A

Foundry (EDIT 210) – University of Maryland, 1991 grade: A

Physics Machine Shop Techniques (PHYS 305) – University of Maryland, 1989 grade: A

Becky Lorenz at the University of Maryland Chemistry Department
Becky Lorenz at the University of Maryland Chemistry Department

Welding Metallurgy – Northern Virginia Community College, 1990 grade: A

Commercial Art/Graphic Art – Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO, 1977-1979 G.P.A 3.21

High School Diploma – Gaithersburg High School, Gaithersburg, MD, 1968-1972 G.P.A 3.5

Professional Associations

American Welding Society from 1987 to present.

  • Offices served in the Washington D.C. Section of AWS:
    • Chairman 2010 to present
    • Sectretary 2007-2010
    • First Vice Chairman 2006-2007
    • Chairman 1993-1994, 2002-2006
    • First Vice Chairman 1992-1993
    • Secretary 1990-1992.

Social Associations

Physics and Astronomy Ladies Society from 1989 to 2001

National Speleological Society 1990 to 1994

  • Member of the D.C. Grotto of the Speleological Society


2006 to Present: Welder and Owner – Aerospace Welding Services, LLC, Mt. Airy, MD

2010 January through 2010 June: Welding Instructor at Norther Virginia Community College – Wld 130 Inert Gas (TIG) Welding

2004 to 2006: Welder and part owner – Lorenz Metal Works, Silver Spring, MD

2001 to 2004: Veterinary Receptionist and Technician – Marymont Animal Hospital Inc., Colesville, MD

2002 to 2005: Welder and Parts Inspector – FJB Engineering

1989 to 2002: Research Machinist II/Welder – Department of Physics, University of Maryland

1988 to 1989: Contract Welder – Worden Welding, Gainesville VA

1989 to 1989: Welder, Blair Welding & Mfg. Inc., Ijamsville, MD

1988 to 1989: Contract Welder, Flaherty Iron Works, Alexandria, VA