McHale People

Michael P. McHale, President

Mike founded McHale & Associates in 1995. He has over 20 years of experience in performance testing, thermal analysis and instrumentation, and has developed software for thermal test monitoring and analysis, including programs for conducting performance tests of power plants, long term plant performance monitoring, plant economic optimization, thermal vacuum tests of space vehicles, thermal control systems, and aircraft electronics testing. Analysis includes development of performance test models, thermo-economic optimizers, as well as finite difference and finite element heat transfer and fluid flow numerical simulations. Instrumentation and control system experience includes specification and review of pressure, thermal, and flow transducers for various projects. Mike is a member on the ASME Board of Performance Test Codes, a member of ASME PTC 4.4, ASME MFFCC, and Chair of ASME PTC 6.2 .

Mike graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and has also completed coursework toward a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Patrick M. McHale, Vice President

Pat founded McHale & Associates in 1995. He is a registered professional engineer with over 40 years of management and engineering experience in the start-up, testing, operation and maintenance, plant betterment and life extension of generating stations for cogeneration, hydroelectric, fossil, nuclear, geothermal, and hydroelectric generating stations. He has managed projects of multiple configurations, including: cogeneration, oil (heavy and distillate), coal, landfill gas, geothermal, nuclear units and hydroelectric facilities. Recent testing and plant performance monitoring includes plants ranging from 15 MW to over 2000 MW. Pat has presented plant performance monitoring seminars and performance improvement training programs. Pat is a member on the ASME Board of Performance Test Codes, a member ASME PTC 46 code committee and an alternate member on ASME PTC 4.4

Prior to establishing McHale & Associates, Pat was the General Manager for Plant Performance Testing at Raytheon Engineers & Constructors as well as the General Manager for Operating Plant Services, Western Region. Pat obtained an Executive MBA from the University of Washington in 1985 and graduated from U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.

Thomas C. Wheelock, P.E., Vice President

Tom is responsible for the overall business unit management of McHale & Associates, Inc. This includes the management of operational, business development, and sales strategic initiatives that are in compliance with company financial objectives. Tom was previously with Environmental Systems Corporation, Power Generation Technologies Division, where he was the Director of Performance Services. Tom has over 15 years of extensive project management, plant, component testing experience, and is an active member of ASME PTC 22 and PTC 46. A Registered Professional Engineer in Maine, Tom graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Power Engineering which included a concentration in Nuclear Power.

Brad Woods P.E, Director of Engineering & Consulting

Brad has over 30 years of power experience with a background that includes engineering support for asset management, plant restart, plant modeling, and performance improvement. He focuses on providing consulting services related to plant performance. Prior to joining McHale & Associates, Brad was the Director of Engineering at AEP/Pro Serve, managing an engineering staff of 50. Brad is a registered Professional Engineer in Maine, New Jersey, and Idaho. He has a Bachelor of Science. in Mechanical Engineering, High Distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1991), and is a graduate of the Navy Nuclear Power Program (1981).

Dr. Thomas Keith Kirkpatrick, Director of Testing Services

Dr. Kirkpatrick directs the performance testing group including operational, business development, and strategic initiatives in the group. His thorough knowledge of performance test codes includes ASME and CTI. He is the Chair of the ASME PTC 51 Committee and serves on ASME PTC 6, PTC 6.2, PTC 46 and PTC 52 Committees. Keith holds the following degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University: Doctor of Philosophy (1999), Master of Science (1995), and Bachelor of Science (1994).

Bernie Pastorik, Engineering Manager

Bernie has more than 15 years of extensive power generation experience, specializing in all aspects of performance testing throughout many levels of the industry.  Additionally, he is Vice-Chairman of the ASME PTC 52 Committee, and serves as a member of the ASME PTC 51 Committee.  He also has valuable experience with performance improvement initiatives, efficiency optimization strategies, thermodynamic modeling, flow metering, and uncertainty analyses.  Bernie is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering - with emphasis on heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid flow - from The Pennsylvania State University (1996).