Fluor Corporation - Haarlem Women Win Friendly Competition 2005
By Akshay Marfatia
National Engineers Week Global Chair
It's official. The Si Fluor Cup goes to Haarlem. A team composed of three engineers took only three-and-a-half minutes to construct a device using common office supplies to propel a ball into a goal, soundly beating the competition from offices around the world.
Fluor's engineers in Spain won last year's Friendly Competition. This year, the Asturias/Madrid team led by Champion Raul Canle, conceived and organized Football World Cup 2005. This creative game emphasized Fluor's strategic commitment to cost and schedule focused on fast track projects.
Judges considered three categories: time, materials and testing, with the lowest score reflecting the fastest time and the fewest materials.
The best score – 40 – was achieved by three Process. Engineers working on the DOW/PIC project in Haarlem.The winning engineers named their team PROLADO PROTEA (an acronym for Process Ladies DOW Project Team).
PROLADO PROTEA used a minimum of materials (an elastic band, two erasers, a paperclip and two pushpins) to build the device that scored a beautiful goal from two meters away. To do so, the team very cleverly utilized the weight and shape of the erasers, bound together with a paperclip, to create a sturdy goal kicker.
In addition, the Haarlem office also awarded a prize for the Most Creative Team. That award went to The Counter Attack, a group comprised of administrative assistants. The judges were impressed with the elegance of their design, achieved in spite of their not being trained as engineers.
Counter Attack Team (left – right): Yvonne Kabel, Wendy Kaasenbrood, Mary Andrews and Lin Nichols
The number of women who choose engineering as a career is growing, and this years' Friendly Competition certainly points out the strength of the women engineers in Haarlem and the benefits of diversity/inclusion to Fluor's global workforce.
"What a fantastic effort," said Katy Gerstner and Marco de Regt, Haarlem EWeek co-champions." Haarlem is honored to be allowed to organize next year's Friendly Competition. We would like to sincerely thank everybody who participated, judged and helped out in support of the teams. Met vriendelijke groeten (kind regards) from Haarlem."