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John G. Voeller Honored for Technology Leadership

AUSTIN, March 31, 2010 FIATECH, an industry-led consortium that provides global leadership in identifying and accelerating the development, demonstration and deployment of fully integrated and automated technologies to deliver the highest business value throughout the life cycle of all types of capital projects, announced that John G. Voeller, a 2003-8 ASME White House Fellow and Senior Vice President at Black & Veatch, received the 2009 James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership.

The James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership was established in 2007 to honor and celebrate Porter’s vision, leadership, technical acumen and commitment to people and to advancing the industry and the goals of FIATECH. Annually, this prestigious award is given to a deserving individual who is selected by the FIATECH Board of Advisors and who exemplifies these traits and characteristics. In 2008, this award was presented to K. Keith Roe, Chairman, President & CEO, Burns & Roe Group, Inc.

James B. Porter, Jr., Chief Engineer and Vice President, Engineering & Operations, DuPont (retired), presented the award at the March 30 awards event stating, “John Voeller is a global visionary in strategic technology direction. His leadership continues to chart the pathway to the most business effective solutions for a wide range of critical industrial and societal needs. ”

John has been a strong supporter of FIATECH and a wise and considerate advisor in all areas of technology and the politics of progress with respect to technology. He’s served on our board, spoken at our conferences, attended Roadmap and project meetings, and challenged us in many ways, all with tact, vision and determination to help FIATECH and the industry. I’ve never met anyone with as broad an understanding of technology as John, or anyone so visionary with regard to the challenges we face in this industry and the opportunities we have. Having him on our side has been enormously valuable to FIATECH and I am grateful for all his support and advice, ” explains Ric Jackson, Director, FIATECH.

Brad Vaughan, Black & Veatch Chief Information Officer adds, “John is a true visionary. He served to shape the vision for the data-centric power plant informational and visualization technologies upon which today’s BIM, ISO 15926, and FIATECH are founded. Created in the early 1980s, long before the Internet and relational database management systems, Black & Veatch’s POWRTRAK remains today as one of only a handful of integrated, multi-discipline engineering analysis, design, and modeling applications. This serves as a testament to John’s brilliance, creativity, and imagination. ”

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FIATECH will present the 2010 James B. Porter, Jr. Award for Technology Leadership to the next recipient on April 19, 2011 in Chandler, AZ.

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