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2021 Engineering Leader Under 40: John Binion, 35

Process Safety Engineer, Hargrove Controls + Automation, Baton Rouge, LA, United States, BS Computer Engineering, Louisiana State University

By CFE Media September 8, 2021
John Binion, 35, Process Safety Engineer, Hargrove Controls + Automation, Baton Rouge, LA, United States, BS Computer Engineering, Louisiana State University

John Binion, 35
Process Safety Engineer
Hargrove Controls + Automation
Baton Rouge, LA, United States
BS Computer Engineering, Louisiana State University

Why should this person be recognized for this award?

John is a well-respected Process Safety Engineer, who works hard in the best interests of our company, as well as those of our clients. He embraces the highest ethical standards while fulfilling the spirit of his client’s needs, rather than just the required task, providing good value. At the same time, he takes on leadership and mentor roles within our group.

Achievements, Advancement & Career-related Industry Contributions

John is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states, as well as a certified Functional Safety Engineer by a recognized global agency (TÜV Rheinland). He was also awarded the Control Systems Integrators Association Rising Star Award in 2018.

Non-work-related Activities & Hobbies

John worked with a team to retrofit a motorized children’s car for use as a training vehicle for children with mobility limitations. Major insurance companies require proof that children with mobility limitations are able to operate a motorized wheelchair before costs can be covered by insurance. This retrofitted vehicle allows for children to develop the cognitive and motor skills required to operate a wheelchair.

Interesting Details

  • John volunteers through his local church as a Stephen Minister, a group that provides care to people who have lost loved ones, suffer from terminal illness, or otherwise need support from their community.
  • In addition, John has a musical background and has performed both in Carnegie Hall and at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II.

Why did they choose this career?

Working in engineering provides a multitude of opportunities to try new things and test new ideas. It provides the chance to find new solutions to problems or improve on old ones. Also, because the world is constantly changing, it seems that each day brings a new challenge to be taken on.  Working in the field of Process Safety provides the opportunity to use one’s skills and abilities to help protect lives in a meaningful way.


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