STEFAN GLUCHOWSKI, PE, CEng, MIET, LEED AP
Mr. Gluchowski is a Senior Electrical Engineer with over 30 years of engineering experience designing electrical distribution systems in diverse environments, including high tech facilities, manufacturing plants and healthcare. He possesses a solid background in engineering design, project management and commissioning of electrical systems. During his career he performed a number of design and management functions by developing project work scopes, managing engineering design teams and developing electrical commissioning packages.
His engineering expertise includes design of HV and LV power distribution systems, substation controls, protective relaying, lighting controls, fire detection and data communication systems for industrial clients, government agencies, healthcare, military institutions and commercial ventures. His list of government clients included BACS consortium (Taiwan), the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yambu (KSA), U.S. Department of Defence and U.K. Department for Business Innovations & Skills (formerly DTI) where he played a key role in developing electrical audit criteria and managing multidisciplinary design teams.
His range of design and management experience includes:
- Chief Electrical Engineer responsible for providing technical oversight and support for the electrical and control engineering disciplines at the Pacific Engineers & Constructors, Ltd. (PECL) offices in Taipei, during design phases of the Riyadh Metro Project in KSA;
- Chief Electrical Engineer responsible for the planning and design of the electrical and telecommunication infrastructure for the residential, commercial and industrial complexes in city of Jubail and Ras Al-Khair in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province;
- Lead Electrical Engineer and Professional Associate for HDR, responsible for design of the electrical infrastructure, telecoms and control systems for the nanotechnology research facilities in U.K. (National Physical Laboratory) and in Portugal (Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory);
- Supervising Design Engineer responsible for managing electrical engineering staff at the semiconductor facilities in California and Oregon (USA);
- Supervising Design Engineer responsible for designing Electrical power generating facilities in Tennessee (USA) and various military installations in Kenya, Djibouti and in Bahrain.
- Senior Electrical / Consulting Engineer responsible for design of the electrical and control systems for the steel industries in Canada (Stelco, ON) and USA (Bethlehem Steel, PA/MD), (US Steel, NJ);
- Lead Electrical Engineer responsible for managing electrical design support staff in tire plants in Ontario (Canada);
- Supervising Design Engineer responsible for designing electrical systems and electrical infrastructure for healthcare facilities in California (USA);
- Senior Electrical Engineer responsible for designing electrical systems for higher education campuses in California (USA);
- Senior Electrical Engineer responsible for designing of electrical infrastructure for the food processing plants in California and Idaho (USA);
Managing Engineering Design Teams
During his professional engineering career, Mr. Gluchowski successfully led and managed a number of engineering design teams in America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, by constantly developing processes, methods and procedures that allowed his design teams to meet tight, difficult, and sometimes impossible management objectives.
Although the engineering industry in the hope of improving its productivity, accuracy and the profits, keeps spending millions of dollars on the computer hardware, engineering software and staff training, the design errors and the project overruns are still rampant in the design industry.
It can be argued that the increased dependence on these design tools without the application of proper design methodology which clearly defines how, when and to what degree the generated data should be trusted and applied in the design, can inadvertently increase the severity of these design errors.
The critical errors are often introduced by the inexperienced designers who are very good at inputting the raw data, but lack the practical experience recognizing the mechanical, spatial or constructability limits. Thus as the design progresses through the milestones and becomes more refined, the ability of the project managers to make design changes or corrections, become more restrictive and more costly.
Once the design package is released to the construction, the cost of some of these errors can be substantial.
The methods and methodology applied by Mr. Gluchowski to manage his design teams has been proven on a number of projects and adopted by a number of individual designers, engineering departments and major engineering corporations.
Whether developing design strategies to upgrade the electrical distribution systems for the mission critical facilities in the USA, UK or Kenya, managing electrical audits of the mission critical sites in UK, Bahrain or Djibouti, or managing engineering design teams in KSA or Taiwan, these methods allowed the teams to correctly identify, collect, analyse and implement the engineering data to meet the project objectives.
As an added bonus, since the whole process can be continuously updated by the users using various formats, the project management team is given the rare ability to oversee the project progression in the “real time”.