National Engineers Week is Feb. 19-25. We salute our Aramco engineers, who work tirelessly to help ensure the company’s safe and reliable operations. They apply their expertise in a number of disciplines – electrical, chemical, mechanical and more. Their contributions not only benefit our company, but industry as well. Many are actively involved in professional organizations, sharing best practices via technical papers and presentations.
James Bowen, with the Aramco Houston office, talks about his decision to become an electrical engineer. “I worked as an electrician in Baytown while taking classes at Lee College in the late 1970s,” he said. “The field of electrical engineering interested me and, as my career has progressed, I’ve specialized in safety by design.”
He said that the electrical world has the potential for many hazards. As such, engineers are increasingly focused on the early stages of design to reduce the level of exposure for workers in the field. “This has led to a paradigm shift in the industry,” he added.
Bowen has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in electrical engineering. His work has been consistently recognized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization. He has been a Fellow of IEEE for 11 years and will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the organization’s annual conference later this year.
Bowen believes sharing information and best practices is one way to promote field safety, and feels that engineering is the “bread and butter” of the Houston community.
“You realize how fast the engineering field is growing, as it has become a major part of the curriculum at colleges and universities in this area,” he said. “The demographics of the engineering field are also changing. There are many great opportunities for young people to enter the field.”
James Bowen, Electrical Engineer
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