Engineering News-Record Honors Five Fluor Employees as Top Young Professionals for 2017
Five Fluor employees have been honored as Engineering News-Record’s Top Young Professionals for 2017. Engineering News-Record selected rising young professionals from across 10 regions in the United States who have already made significant contributions to the industry and their communities.
Fluor’s honorees span the United States and multiple business lines and include:
Curtis Easler, Site Manager. Curtis is the site manager on the Greensville County Power Station project. He focuses on power plant project management from an engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning perspective in the competitive environment of lump-sum, self-perform construction.
A degreed mechanical engineer, Curtis has 15 years of industry experience in engineering, project controls, sales, project management, construction site management and site management. These roles have spanned Fluor’s business lines, including Life Sciences & Advanced Manufacturing, Energy & Chemicals, Mining and Power. He has worked in four countries, across five diverse offices and in an array of domestic sites.
Afsaneh (Anna) Farokhi, Completion Manager. With 12 years of industry experience, Anna is currently serving as the completion manager on the Chevron Phillips Chemical U.S. Gulf Coast Petrochemicals project, ensuring a successful final handover to the client.
Fluent in five languages, she has worked in Germany, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States. She has authored practices and procedures that govern Fluor’s commissioning activities globally, serves as a lead trainer for Fluor’s General Foremen and Foremen Leadership training class and has taught construction classes at the University of Houston.
Benjamin Hall, Field Engineering Area Lead. Currently a field engineering area lead at the Plant Vogtle nuclear power project in Georgia, Benjamin is constantly improving site practices and work processes based on lessons learned and industry best practices. A Fluor subject matter expert, he has served as a construction engineer on two major refinery expansion projects and at the Sakhalin Island site in Russia, as well as serving as the site engineering lead for a major oil and gas client in California.
Currently pursuing his Master of International Construction Management, he is an American Institute of Constructors (AIC)-Certified Professional Constructor and certified rigger, welder and mobile equipment operator.
Mimi Irvin, Innovation Technical Lead. As the innovation technical lead for Business Transformation & Innovation, Mimi is at the forefront of moving new innovations forward for Fluor. She oversees the development of approved initiatives to take ideas from concept to reality, championing such ideas as Safety Pin.
With 14 years of industry experience, she has served as an O&M international sales coordinator and electrical product director in the supply chain organization. When Fluor supported the Deepwater Horizon response, she developed and led a Wildlife Observer Team with a peak staff of 300, interfacing with state and local agencies.
Carla Julian, Senior Manager, Public Affairs and Community Outreach. With nearly 20 years of experience in public relations, media/crisis management and public information planning, Carla has worked on some of the nation's largest infrastructure mega projects.
She currently manages all community outreach and public affairs for the Fluor-led design-build team within Purple Line Transit Partners, the concessionaire for Maryland's Purple Line light rail project. Prior to this role, she served as the spokesperson and community outreach/diversity manager for the Fluor-led team designing and building the new Tappan Zee bridge. She has served in board leadership positions, including Washington Women in Public Relations and the Women Builders Council.
“All five of these Fluor team members have distinguished themselves through their contributions to Fluor, the industry and the projects they have supported. We are proud that Engineering News-Record has recognized them for their achievements,” said Mark Landry, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Fluor. “With a strong, collaborative culture and industry-leading talent development programs, we take pride in our focus on developing leaders and look forward to the positive lasting impact Anna, Benjamin, Carla, Curtis and Mimi will accomplish in the future.”
Honorees were selected by independent juries of industry leaders based on the nominees’ experience, career and industry leadership and community service. Honorees will be profiled in upcoming issues of Engineering News-Record.