Les Antalffy Recognized with Hydrocarbon Processing’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Monday, June 19, 2017 5:01 pm EDT

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Les AntalffyHydrocarbon Processing has honored Les Antalffy, an executive director of process technology and a senior fellow with Fluor, with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Antalffy was recognized recently at the 2017 Hydrocarbon Processing Awards in Vienna, Austria.

“Les has shaped the downstream industry with his inventions, publications and leadership,” said Mark Landry, senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Fluor. “His contributions have led to improved operator safety, shortened project schedules and cost savings. This type of expertise and innovative problem solving is why clients come to Fluor. I am proud that Hydrocarbon Processing has recognized his leadership in the industry.”

“Les’s career is a shining example of how engineers can stay technical and still achieve the highest levels of recognition, not only in our company, but in the entire industry,” said Maureen Price, technology and execution council lead for Fluor. “While Les may have earned his degree originally using a slide rule, his career is a showcase of continuous innovation for Fluor and the industry. He is an early adopter of the newest tools, while simultaneously learning from, and teaching, the next generation.”

Antalffy has supported the design, fabrication and installation of pressure equipment on some of the industry’s most important onshore and offshore hydrocarbon processing projects, working on 108 different projects that span 16 countries. He holds 12 patents, with an additional patent pending, centered on improving delayed coking operator safety. He and his team invented Fluor’s coke drum deheading system, Fluor’s automated chute system, as well as numerous other concepts used in the safe remote deheading of coke drums in delayed coking units.

With nearly 50 years of experience in the industry, he has authored more than 110 papers and presentations that have been published in international journals and venues. Les serves on numerous American Petroleum Institute committees and five American Society of Mechanical Engineers committees related to materials, high-pressure vessels and post-construction standards.

Hydrocarbon Processing’s awards program is designed to honor innovations in the downstream energy and outstanding personal contributions to the industry. Winners will be profiled in Hydrocarbon Processing’s July 2017 issue. 

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