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Bechtel Fellows

Bechtel's world-class experts set the pace for new technology.

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 AttanayakePrem 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.

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"Don’t consider/think about/worry about the compensation of the person in the next cubicle.  In other words, don’t compare compensation with that of others.Learn more about Prem Attanayake.


Amos AvidanAmos Avidan, oil & gas, lng, energy systems, engineering & technology

Amos has experience in oil & gas technologies, LNG, energy systems, reaction engineering and engineering & technology leadership . 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.

What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
"Integrity, humility, the drive to excel, and a genuine interest in people and the recognition that they want to feel wanted and appreciated as members of the team."
Learn more about Amos Avidan


Kenneth Bell

Kenneth Bell, geotechnical engineering

Ken has more than 30 years of Bechtel experience in geotechnical engineering and foundation design. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and 1st Vice Chair of ASTM Committee D18, Committee on Soil and Rock.

What is the best part of your role as a Bechtel Fellow?
"Being a Bechtel Fellow has allowed me the opportunity to have more exposure to the entire company and step in to help in areas where I can that may not have been available before. It also allows me the Fellows stipend to participate in Stewardship programs."
Learn more about Kenneth Bell


August D. (Gus) BenzAugust D. (Gus) Benz, process technology

Gus is a technical specialist with expertise in chemical process design in the petroleum and environmental cleanup fields.  He has over 50 years with Bechtel, holds five patents and has authored over 18 technical papers.

What has been your involvement in one of the Bechtel Stewardship programs, and how has this benefitted you?
"Mentoring young engineers and scientists has been both interesting and rewarding – both formally and informally."
Learn more about August D. (Gus) Benz


Siv BhamraSiv 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.

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"The best career advice I gained was from my father, who served as an engineer for many companies during his 50-year career in the industry. He advised me to gain a good professional education and secure quality training. He also emphasized the importance of looking for the best in people and trying to understand what makes them good in terms of what they do and how they interact with their colleagues."
Learn more about Siv Bhamra


Richard CampbellRichard 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. 

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"Learn what you enjoy doing, find a job doing that, and you will never hate your job."
Learn more about Richard Campbell


Peter CarratoPeter 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.

What is the best part of your role as a Bechtel Fellow?
"Being ask to answer very difficult question in my area of expertise, and helping to guide the continued development of engineering at Bechtel."
Learn more about about Peter Carrato


Angelos FindikakisAngelos Findikakis, water resources, hydraulics, hydrology

Angelos is a specialist in water resources and the analysis of flow and transport processes. He has supported dozens of Bechtel projects from all major business lines. He is the functional lead of the Hydraulic-Hydrology Group in G&HES.

What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
"Great engineers lead by example. They are able to understand the greater engineering and social context of the work they are doing and they know the value of teamwork, putting personal agendas aside when they work in a team."
Learn more about Angelos Findikakis


Benjamin Fultz

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.

What do you see as the key skills that new engineers need to have in the global job market?
"Ask questions and listen, watch and learn. Having automation skills is a given. Field experience is mandatory."
Learn more about Benjamin Fultz


William ImrieWilliam 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.

What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
"Again – communication; sharing vision and goals with credibility, but also passion."
Learn more about William Imrie


Robert JanssenRobert 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.

What is the best part of your role as a Bechtel Fellow?
"I constantly feel privileged to be able to interact with my fellow Fellows and with the technical leadership from other companies such as 3M, IBM and Battelle. The achievements and dedication demonstrated by these individuals is an inspiration to me to continue learning and hopefully be able to provide some positive impact to our beautiful world."
Learn more about Robert Janssen


Joe LitehiserJoe 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.

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"Every day make that one more call, send that one more email, follow that one more lead. Never believe that you know so much that you don’t need to know more."
Learn more about Joe Litehiser


Sanj MalushteSanj 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 develop design requirements for nuclear and industrial structures. Sanj is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, and has been actively involved in research and conferences in his areas of expertise.

What do you see as the key skills that new engineers need to have in the global job market?
"Because of the global nature of our workforce and projects, our new engineers need to make cultural adjustments as needed and learn differences in worldwide engineering, fabrication, and construction practices."
Learn more about Sanj Malushte


Cyrus B. Meher-Homji Cyrus B. Meher-Homji, turbomachinery

Cyrus is an expert in the design and development of large turbomachinery and gas turbines. He has more than thirty years of experience in the consulting and engineering and construction industries. He works at the LNG Technology Center as an advisor to ongoing LNG projects and studies.

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"Be adaptable, versatile and flexible, and keep learning and focus on multidisciplinary skills while concurrently developing expertise in my area. Adversity and technical challenges can actually help improve one’s skill set."
Learn more about Cyrus B. Meher-Homji


David MessersmithDavid 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.

What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
"To be a great engineer, it is important to relate to others for both input of information and output of results. We are all simply a conduit of information. What we do with it for others is what is important."
Learn more about David Messersmith


 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.

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"Do your Best! This is of course taken from the Boy Scout Oath, and I think it is a beacon for how to live your life. If you can stand in front of the mirror and say that you’ve done your best, you are a success regardless of the field of endeavor."
Learn more about Craig Myler


Farhang OstadanFarhang 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. 

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"Understand the client's need and meet/exceed the expectation."
Learn more about Farhang Ostadan


Lee Schmoe, coal and gas technologies

A Bechtel employee for more than 35 years, Lee is a specialist in evaluating and applying new process technologies for coal and gas monetization, including gasification and gas to liquids. He has authored more than two dozen technical papers and presented at workshops around the world.

What is the best part of your role as a Bechtel Fellow?
"I am always humbled at the wealth of knowledge of not just the Bechtel Fellows, but of Bechtel experts as a whole. We can do anything if we put our minds to it. I’m proud to be part of the team."
Learn more about Lee Schmoe


Stewart (Stew) Taylor Stewart (Stew) Taylor, geotechnology and hydraulics

Stew has over 25 years of experience in hydrology, hydrogeology, contaminant fate and transport, groundwater modeling, and soil and groundwater remediation. He is world-renowned for his expertise in the biodegradation of organic contaminants in the subsurface environment, and he led the initiative to create a groundwater division within the American Society of Civil Engineers.

What do you see as the key skills that new engineers need to have in the global job market?
"An engineer in the global job market needs to be able and willing to work in different cultural environments and the flexibility to relocate to where the work is performed. Being multi-lingual is also a plus, including the ability to speak English if you are located in a non-English-speaking country, or the ability to speak the native language in the country where you are working."
Learn more about Stewart (Stew) Taylor


Ping WanPing 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. 

What has been your involvement in one of the Bechtel Stewardship programs, and how has this benefitted you?
"Bechtel's commitment to sustainability means supporting our customers in meeting government, community, and financing requirements for sustainability."
Learn more about Ping Wan


Fred WettlingFred 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.

What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
"Stay engaged, visible, and responsible while delivering value in areas most important to the organization. Do not commit to something unless you and your team can deliver. Enjoy life at home and at work."
Learn more about Fred Wettling


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