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March 2, 2007

Alum appears in School of Construction Distinguished Speaker Series

ULM alum Tom Rabb (’74) will appear as part of the ULM School of Construction’s Distinguished Speaker Series Wed., March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the School of Construction Management Auditorium.

Rabb’s speech will center on his career and the challenges of completing major construction projects in today’s market.

Tom Rabb is vice president of project management for Fluor, a Fortune 500 company with revenues of nearly $9 billion in 2003. Engineering News Record magazine consistently ranks it among the top three engineering/construction firms in the world.

“I really enjoy my career in the construction industry,” said Rabb. “Today, I am living my dream of running large engineering and construction projects in excess of $500 million, and this opportunity would never have presented itself without my construction degree from ULM. This program provided me with an outstanding ‘big picture’ view of the business of construction, and also provided a well-rounded understanding of the many aspects of construction, including business, labor, materials, planning, legal, engineering, and estimating.”

Rabb graduated from Waterproof High School and enrolled at ULM. He joined the Navy after three semesters, and returned our years later on the GI bill.

He began his career at Fluor in project controls immediately after graduation. After more than 25 years with the company, he is primarily responsible for the execution of large refinery and petrochemical projects. “I have spent about half of my time in the Houston engineering office and the other half on jobsites in the many different locations including, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Australia, Canada, and yes, Louisiana,” he said.

“I have very fond memories of the instruction staff at ULM and I consider some of my instructors as my very first career mentors,” Rabb said.

Fluor provides services on a global basis in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, operations, maintenance and project management while serving customers in a wide variety of traditional and evolving industries worldwide, including chemicals and petrochemicals; commercial and institutional; government projects; life sciences; manufacturing; microelectronics; mining; oil and gas; power; telecommunications; and transportation infrastructure.

Fluor has approximately 30,000 employees in a network of offices and jobsites located in more than 25 countries across six continents. For more information, go to

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