Chosen for their substantial technical achievement over the years, the Bechtel Fellows advise senior management on questions related to their areas of expertise, participate in strategic planning, and help disseminate new technical ideas and findings throughout the organization. Here are brief profiles of current fellows:
Prem Attanayake, environmental engineering
Recognized as a technical leader in environmental restoration and environmental monitoring, Prem has developed state-of-the-art monitoring techniques that are used around the world.
Amos Avidan, liquefied natural gas technology, fluidization
Amos specializes in liquefied natural gas (LNG), synthetic fuels, and fluidization. He has taken the lead in creating LNG designs that are more efficient, offer higher capacity, and are more environmentally friendly. The U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) elected Amos to its membership.
Kenneth Bell, geotechnical and hydraulic engineering
Ken has more than 27 years of Bechtel experience in geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and helped develop Bechtel's Crane Foundation Handbook.
August D. (Gus) Benz, process technology
During a Bechtel career spanning more than half a century (you read correctly), Gus has been an industry pacesetter. He holds U.S. patents covering a range of technologies, from a process for selective grinding of coal to the destruction of dangerous materials.
Siv Bhamra, rail systems engineering
Siv is internationally recognized in the railway industry, particularly for his work in advanced train control technologies and innovations that reduce overall train power consumption.
Richard Campbell, welding
Richard is a welding expert known worldwide for his ability to blend highly theoretical metallurgical and welding engineering with the hands-on requirements of construction. He compiled the book The Professional's Advisor on Welding of Stainless Steels for the American Welding Society.
Peter Carrato, structural analysis
Pete’s specialty is seismic analysis of structures and steel anchorages in concrete. He has worked on most of the fossil-fuel and nuclear power plants Bechtel has built during his more-than two decades with the company.
Angelos Findikakis, flow and transport simulation
Angelos is a specialist in numerical simulation and analysis of flow and transport processes. He has provided modeling support to dozens of Bechtel projects from all major business lines.
Benjamin Fultz, corrosions and coatings
Ben is a specialist with 40 years’ experience in formulating, testing, selecting, and applying a wide range of nonmetallic materials of construction, from paints, linings, and insulation to fireproofing, refractories, and composites.
William Imrie, pyrometallurgical engineering
Bill is a highly regarded metallurgical expert with more than 40 years of experience. His recommendation for integrated flash smelting and flash converting technology was a first application in the industry.
Robert Janssen, hydraulics and slurry transport systems
During his more than 20 years with Bechtel, Robert has made important contributions related to the design, engineering, and construction of complex slurry and water resources infrastructure projects.
Joe Litehiser, seismology
Joe is a Bechtel veteran of more than three decades. His innovative use of probabilistic seismic hazard analysis has earned him a worldwide reputation for applying theoretical engineering concepts to reduce the risk that structures will sustain damage from earthquakes.
Sanj Malushte, structural and earthquake engineering
Sanj, who has worked for Bechtel since 1989, is a specialist in structural mechanics and earthquake engineering. An acknowledged expert in standards and codes, he has played a key role helping design requirements for industrial structures.
Cyrus B. Meher-Homji, large rotating equipment
Cyrus is an internationally recognized expert in the design and development of large turbomachinery and gas turbines. He has more than a quarter-century of experience in the consulting and engineering and construction industries.
David Messersmith, liquefaction and gas processing
David has more than 30 years of experience in process and systems engineering, including a quarter-century focused exclusively on liquefied natural gas (LNG). He is considered one of the world's leading technical experts in liquefaction and gas processing.
Craig Myler, process engineering
Craig is an authority on the disposal of ultrahazardous waste and chemical weapons. He has led Bechtel’s demilitarization work and has helped Russia and the United States destroy stockpiles of unused chemical and nerve agents.
Farhang Ostadan, geotechnical earthquake engineering
Farhang is considered a worldwide authority on geotechnical earthquake engineering. He is known for his development work on soil-structure interaction, a key factor in the seismic design of nuclear plants and other critical facilities.
Lee Schmoe, gasification technology
A Bechtel employee for more than 30 years, Lee is a leading advocate of gasification for cleaner power plants, both at Bechtel and within the industry. He has authored more than two dozen technical papers and presented at workshops around the world.
Stewart (Stew) Taylor, geotechnology and hydraulics
Stew specializes in geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. He is world-renowned for his expertise in soil and groundwater remediation, and he led the initiative to create a groundwater division within the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Ping Wan, environmental engineering
Ping is a leading technical environmental consultant and a recognized expert in air quality analysis. She has contributed to the development of state-of-the-art dispersion modeling, including wind-tunnel-analysis techniques.
Fred Wettling, network and security
Fred is a leader in applying new technology in the workplace—something he has been doing at Bechtel since the dawn of the personal computer. He has been recognized by NetworkWorld magazine as one of the world's most influential people in networking.