Javeed Munshi, Senior Principal Engineer and Corporate Design Specialist
Javeed has 25 years of experience in concrete structures reinforcement, materials selection, forensic evaluation, and repair. He also has firsthand experience addressing challenges on virtually every type of concrete structure, from tunnels to towers.
Get to know Javeed
What is the most exciting or challenging project were you involved in, and what was your role?
My most exciting and challenging project was when I was called in to lead the evaluation of laminar cracking in Davis-Besse Shield building. The unexpected cracking was observed during the reactor vessel head replacement project which involved cutting an opening in to the reinforced concrete Shield Building. The nature and location of cracking was unprecedented and there was no industry guidance on what it meant or how it might impact the operability of the nuclear plant. What made this project particularly challenging was that the issue seriously threatened to extend the limited outage and return of plant to operation. We were successful in evaluating the issue and addressing the regulator’s concerns to return the plant to operation in time.
What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
Listen and carefully observe how your colleagues interact with you – often there are clues there that you can gather to understand your strengths and weaknesses. You can combine this valuable feedback with your interests to develop a strategy to improve your career path.
What do you see as the key skills that new engineers need to have in the global job market?
It will be their ability to articulate/market a combination skill set that involves use of automation and advanced engineering skills to help develop unique and innovative engineering processes and solutions that are both economical as well as sustainable.
What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
A great engineer, in my opinion, is one who can zoom in and out to give the right amount of attention to both big picture issues involving client preferences, legal and regulatory environment and business imperatives as well as the critical engineering details to arrive at a practical solution that is so right for a particular situation that it appears to be common-sense in the rear-view mirror.
What is the best part of your role as a Bechtel Fellow?
I believe the best part of my role would be to inspire, guide and mentor young engineers while at the same time be able to influence the company leadership on issues of strategic importance to the company, especially in the area of empowering and effectively leveraging our technical community to help our business.