Bechtel Names Three New Technical Fellows

San Francisco, CA - September 13, 2007 Bechtel Corporation, the largest U.S. contractor, today named three employees as Bechtel Fellows, a select group of 20 experts in science and technology who have made outstanding contributions to the company and their professions. 

Bechtel Fellows are industry experts in technologies including structural analysis, seismology, environmental engineering, rail systems, gas processing, computer networking, and telecommunications.  

“Fellows help keep us at the forefront of technical innovation,” said Bechtel Chairman and Chief Executive Riley Bechtel. “They play a key role in enhancing our technical capability and reputation, and they make significant contributions to professional societies, code committees, advisory councils, and international conferences—and to our customers.”
The new Bechtel Fellows are:

Prem Attanayake, an engineering specialist in environmental restoration and monitoring. His contributions to innovative techniques for assessing ecological conditions and forecasting and mitigating risks to natural resources led to an invitation from UNESCO to join a panel developing technical guidelines to help industries protect the environment. 

Attanayake has two master’s degrees: one in petroleum engineering from Friendship University in Moscow and another in geological engineering from University of Windsor in Ontario. He also has a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Jake MacLeod, a technology expert and innovator in wired and wireless communications, has been a pioneer in the creation of cellular telephone networks. Among his most notable assignments for Bechtel was on the Iraq infrastructure reconstruction project, where his team replaced 12 telephone switching centers in and around Baghdad in just four months.

MacLeod earned a bachelor’s degree in composite science education from the University of Texas. 

Farhang Ostadan, a worldwide authority on earthquake engineering, is known for his development work on soil-structure interaction (SSI), a key factor in the seismic design of nuclear plants and other critical facilities. He co-developed a software program that has become the industry standard for SSI analysis.

Ostadan holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Tehran and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Mike Kidder (regarding Attanayake and Ostadan)
Sandra Homman (regarding MacLeod)