2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Hassan Ahmed
Utility Manager; GlaxoSmithKline; Karachi, Pakistan
Hassan Ahmed, 26
Education: BS Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, NED University of Engineering and Technology
Hassan Ahmed is a confident and hardworking person who has quickly advanced his career and dominated the utility sector with energy-saving ideas. He started as a utility engineer-in-training shortly after graduating from NED University, and within 4 years became utility manager at GlaxoSmithKline. Energy-saving strategies implemented by Hassan over the years include: the design, fabrication, and installation of a desiccant air dryer; reviewing HVAC design criteria and revising systems to comply with energy standards; and installing VFD controls on air handling units and pumps for increased annual savings. Hassan is responsible for looking after all the systems—such as generators, boilers, air compressors, HVAC, water treatment, purified water plants, nitrogen systems, gas boosters, and heat exchangers—that deliver utilities for efficient manufacturing operations.
Hassan likes to work in a professional environment full of challenges, where he is free to implement strategies and wait for results. He likes to communicate and socialize with people to understand their views on life and other topics, and his goal for life is “to be inspired and be an inspiration for others."
Why choose this career path?
“I have always had an inclination towards engines and mechanical drive systems and machines,” said Ahmed. “Utility was the best option to get myself completely devoted towards mechanical machinery and to have a career of my interest. With heat and energy applications and studies, these things just drive me to work better with enthusiasm and more interest.”
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey