Bernard J. Fedak

The CII Executive Committee has selected Bernard J. Fedak as the seventh recipient of the Richard L. Tucker Leadership & Service Award.

Bernie Fedak, a project executive with Aker Solutions, first became involved with CII in 1996 through his service on the Board of Advisors while representing U.S. Steel. He believed then, and he believes now, that to get the most out of CII, you have to invest in CII. And invest is exactly what he did, beginning with assigning several top U.S. Steel managers to serve on CII research teams. Such service, he believed, would provide USS with value-added improvement ideas to the capital project process and accelerate the growth and maturation of his managers. He also saw that other USS managers served on other committees to provide feedback on CII information and to provide networking opportunities.

Largely through his efforts, U.S. Steel developed a course entitled “Design for Start-Up,” in which many concepts and methods parallel the CII Best Practices. He also championed the development of the USS Project Delivery System, which defines a total process roadmap utilizing the five project phases as defined by CII.

Bernie has worked extensively in the project delivery system area with the objective of maximizing the effective deployment of capital. This includes development of standard project delivery systems, integrated project teams, pre-project planning, and value improving practices. He also has championed the use of benchmarking to measure the effectiveness of the project delivery system and to chart a path for improvement.

At CII, Bernie has provided a wealth of dedicated service and leadership. He has served on the Board of Advisors, the Executive Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee. He was a speaker at CII’s 1997 Construction Project Improvement Conference. In 2003, CII selected him as Implementer of the Year.

Bernie holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He was recognized by the university’s Mechanical Engineering Department with its Distinguished Alumnus award in 1995. In 2007, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers honored him with its Robert Earl McConnell Award for his leadership and contributions in promoting excellence in engineering and project management in the U.S. iron and steel industry.

Throughout his career, Bernie Fedak has led by example, mentoring young engineers to be the best that they can be. And for his superlative work, his care for the industry, his concern for others, and his long and exemplary service to CII, the Executive Committee selects Bernie Fedak as the recipient of the Richard L. Tucker Leadership and Service Award.