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Topping Named FIATECH Director

AUSTIN, TX, July 6, 2011 – FIATECH is pleased to announce Raymond E. (Ray) Topping, previously interim director, has been selected by The University of Texas and the FIATECH Board of Advisors to serve as its director and will assume the position on a permanent basis effective immediately.

“The executive search process attracted a number of candidates of which several of those were interviewed,” explains Jerry N. Gipson, Jr., Senior Director of Manufacturing and Engineering IT at The Dow Chemical Company and Chair of the FIATECH Board of Advisors. “However it was clear that Ray, given his qualifications and track record over the past year, was easily confirmed as the best choice.”

Prior to joining FIATECH, Topping served in various leadership roles at CH2M HILL, including the firm's Global Operations Leadership Team for the past 20 years. Topping served as CH2M HILL's Engineering Design Group Director for 15 years with overall responsibility for engineering design delivery and also served as an Executive Vice President. During his career at CH2M Hill, Topping filled senior leadership roles on several strategic global programs, including the CLM Delivery Partnership for the London 2012 Olympics program, the Masdar City Sustainable Development in Abu Dhabi, UAE and on the Panama Canal Expansion Program.

Topping has been active in a number of professional and technical organizations and has presented and published a number of papers on various engineering, project delivery, program management and engineering management topics. He has also served on the FIATECH Board of Advisors since 2005.

He can be reached at 541-223-4142 and by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">send mail.