Sanj 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.
Get to Know Sanj
What is the most exciting or challenging project you were involved in, and what was your role?
That would be the La Rosita combined cycle project. I served as the Civil EGS and senior engineering specialist. I worked with many engineers and specialists to deal with several seismic challenges and led successful total installment cost (TIC) reduction initiatives.
What is the best career advice that you’ve received?
About 10 years into my career, I felt that I was not getting the right opportunities. I consulted a few formal and informal mentors to gain some insight. I recall the words of one mentor who offered this simple advice: “Hang in there and have faith in the system…No one can hold a good person down for too long since the cream always rises to the top.” While this sounded rather cliché, I decided to maintain a positive outlook while exploring for the right opportunities. They soon came along and provided advancement over the next few years.
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.
What leadership skills do you think are needed to be a great engineer?
- A breadth and depth of technical knowledge
- Being a lifelong learner with the ability to connect the dots
- Adapting to changes in knowhow, technologies, markets, regulations, work processes, tools, etc
- Having the ability to analyze and solve complex problems
- Learning from your own mistakes and those of others
- Seeking alignment between own expertise and the needs and challenges faced by the company
- Having tolerance for ambiguity and appreciation of risks
- Being an effective communicator—framing discussions to suit the audience
- Understanding the big picture and being able to take a holistic view
- Knowing the difference between knowledge and wisdom
- Knowing when to seek help from others
- Having a strong professional network