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.
Get to Know Craig
What is the most exciting or challenging project you were involved in, and what was your role?
All of the projects I've had the opportunity to be involved in have been both exciting and challenging for different reasons. I'll pick the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Destruction Facility. I was the chief scientist for the project, and we were in the middle of the design when 9-11 occurred. The Army asked us if we could complete the destruction of the mustard agent more quickly without impacting safety or the environment. Bechtel stepped up to the challenge and finished the task two years ahead of schedule. I was very proud to be involved in a project that eliminated a weapon of mass destruction stockpile safely, efficiently, and without harm to the environment. Bechtel people working together is what made it possible.
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.
What do you see as the key skills that new engineers need to have in the global job market?
Communication. This is in addition to the technical skills of an engineer. More than ever before the ability to communicate concepts rapidly, over long distances, and among multiple nodal entities is essential to engineering. The very first principle of managing is communication, and engineering is foremost in the need for clear, precise, accurate, and timely communication.
What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
Honesty and moral courage. Great engineers have to be honest with themselves and others when it comes to the right course of action to take. This means they can accept when they are wrong or another person is perhaps more right. They also have the moral courage to say no to an unsafe, illegal, or unethical course of action.