Cyrus B. Meher-Homji, Large Rotating Equipment
Cyrus is an expert in the design and development of large turbomachinery and gas turbines. He has more than 30 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.
Get to Know Cyrus
What is the most exciting or challenging project you were involved in, and what was your role?
My current role in the LNG Technology Center enables me to focus on innovation in the design of our LNG facilities. For example, the qualification of new engines and compressor configurations for LNG liquefaction has been both challenging and rewarding—a good example is the LM6000 engine which we qualified for mechanical drive applications. The qualification and deployment of aeroderivative engines on world-class LNG facilities has made Bechtel a technology leader in the market. The recent string test of the LM6000 was the culmination of a great amount of team work among the LNG Technology Center, project responsible engineers, and the client.
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.
What do you see as the key skills that new engineers need to have in the global job market?
Young engineers should focus on technical excellence and continuously try to learn and develop expertise. It is important to try and develop multidisciplinary skills—this is a key issue. Always look at the big picture and try to understand the commercial and technical interrelationships in all the work you do. It will also be very important to network with other people in the organization and take ownership of your own career. Communication skills are of great importance.
What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
There are several key leadership skills, including listening to new ideas without bias, focusing on innovation, communicating clearly to team and customers, and empowering and developing new talent. A key factor for an engineer in a leadership position is to not only try and optimize the performance of the project, but to maximize the learning and development of the engineers they supervise.