Global engineering and construction leader Bechtel has appointed Barbara Rusinko executive vice president of its Nuclear, Security & Environmental business unit and president of Bechtel National, Inc., the company’s U.S. government services arm.
Rusinko will lead a multibillion dollar portfolio of engineering, construction, project management, and facility operations projects for U.S. government customers in national security and environmental cleanup.
“Barbara’s diverse experience leading projects in government services and the commercial sector allow her to bring best practices from industry to create value for taxpayers,” said NS&E President Craig Albert.
During her more than 30-year career, Rusinko has held senior engineering management roles on complex technical projects including the national nuclear waste repository project at Yucca Mountain in Nevada and the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant in Washington state. She also held senior project manager positions on an oil refinery project in Thailand, a coal seam gas to liquid natural gas plant in Queensland, Australia, and roles in construction field engineering on a variety of nuclear power projects.
In her most recent assignment, Rusinko was manager of corporate Engineering, Procurement, and Construction functions for Bechtel Group Inc., leading support for projects across the global enterprise.
“We have an ongoing opportunity to transform the way we deliver the government’s key missions,” Rusinko said. “Finding efficiencies and applying commercial practices allows resources to be reinvested in capabilities, facilities, and the workforce.”
Rusinko is a registered professional engineer and Six Sigma champion with a master’s degree in engineering from The University of Alabama – Huntsville, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina. She serves on the corporate partnership council of the Society of Women Engineers.
Bechtel serves government customers at sites across the U.S. including national security laboratories, projects to disassemble and destroy surplus chemical weapons, and projects to safely remove and treat radioactive waste from nuclear defense activities.