EAB Welcomes Omar Shaaban, P.E., Director of Electrical Engineering

January 11, 2021

E.A. Bonelli + Associates, Inc., is pleased to announce the latest addition to the firm. Omar M. Shaaban, P.E., joins the EAB team as the new Director of Electrical Engineering.

Mr. Shaaban brings nearly three decades of experience as an electrical engineer to EAB, bolstering the burgeoning MEP Division, and leading electrical design from the new Portland office.

Joining an all-company video conference on January 7, Omar was welcomed by his new coworkers and expressed his enthusiasm for working for EAB:

I am proud to be part of this exciting new phase of E.A. Bonelli's growth. The way in which we are assembling this MEP design division affords us the wonderful opportunity to do it correctly, with intention, and informed by a wealth of experience serving the food & beverage industry. - Omar Shaaban, P.E., Dir. Electrical Engineering

For many on the call, this was not an introduction, but the return of a familiar face. Mr. Shaaban has worked with E.A. Bonelli on projects dating back almost two decades, including the original design of the Davisco (Agropur) facility in Lake Norden, SD, and the Leprino Foods facility in Lemoore, CA. As an electrical engineer for Cundiff Engineering Inc., and then Interface Engineering, Omar was a valued member of various design teams, exemplifying the kind of collaborative mindset that is so vital to project success.

Omar has what I consider the EAB approach to design and engineering. Since I first worked with him, I've been impressed with the way he talks through ideas and isn't afraid to challenge and be challenged in return. Omar is the ideal person to lead our new electrical design division and we are excited about the company growth that his hiring represents. - Scott Savage, CEO & Managing Principal

In 1992, after earning his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Oregon State University, Mr. Shaaban started working for Cundiff, and earned his professional electrical engineer licensure (P.E.) in the state of Oregon. He became an associate at the firm in 2011. In 2017, Mr. Shabaan joined Interface as a senior electrical engineer and associate.

Omar's passion for engineering can be traced back to childhood. His father, a mechanical engineer, helped instill the importance of education and a strong work ethic. An early aptitude in mathematics opened doors to high school classes in electronics and technical skills. As his education continued into college, Omar developed a deeper appreciation for the connection between occupational skills, so often demonstrated in his father's career, and the theoretical knowledge presented in his curriculum.

His wealth of experience in electrical engineering for industrial facilities, coupled with an established level of trust with many of EAB's existing customers, will allow Omar to immediately step into the role of providing the highest level of service for EAB's clients in the food and beverage industry. Furthermore, Omar's dedication to learning and education provides the opportunity to mentor a new generation of engineers. He is eager to share experiences, best practices, and lessons learned as part of his new role at EAB.

I am happy to be working with so many familiar faces, and it is gratifying to see how E.A. Bonelli has maintained working relationships with so many of the clients I worked with in the past, when I was a design team member. I am eager to bring my passion for electrical engineering design for food & beverage to bear for our clients, and support projects from planning through construction. - Omar Shaaban, P.E., Dir. Electrical Engineering