Richard Merhige comes from a long line of engineers and grew up on the water, hence, his lifelong passion for the ocean and fixing things. He attended the State University of New York Maritime College, earning a Bachelor Degree in Marine Engineering, continuing his education in Systems and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic, and George Washington Universities. In 1992, he founded Advanced Maintenance Engineering and later, in 2002 Advanced Mechanical Enterprises, servicing the maritime and industrial sectors. He furthered his specialized training, earning a USCG License as a Second Assistant Engineer Steam & Motor, Unlimited Horsepower and a certification as a Vibration Analyst. Guided by his knowledge and expertise, AME is recognized as an external specialist for condition monitoring by the American Bureau of Shipping. Merhige is sought the world over as a speaker, instructor, and expert witness for his over 33 years of knowledge and expertise in vibration analysis. Before starting his own companies, Merhige worked for such prominent organizations as American Transport Lines, Westinghouse, David Taylor Naval Research Center and Booz Allen & Hamilton as an Engineer. His career saw him traveling throughout the United States and abroad conducting sea trials, performing major equipment overhauls and installations.