Decarbonization takes a collective effort that brings together trust, understanding, and effective project management.
At Skyven, we are excited to be at the forefront of industrial decarbonization and are proud to introduce our expert Project Manager, Tanuja Talim.
Tell us about yourself and your background
I did my undergrad in India and then I came to the US to pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering. While doing my graduate studies in St. Louis, Missouri, I worked for Anheuser-Busch. After graduating, I moved to Houston, Texas where I joined Bechtel as a Process Systems Engineer and later GE where I gained deep experience in the Oil & Gas Industry. I now have over 12 years of experience working in industrial processes and project management, and I’m very passionate about building a clean future for my children.
What is your job at Skyven?
As a project manager, I readily communicate with both the client and with any subcontractors that we may use to carry out work. Our project management team works to ensure smooth and effective project execution. We highlight key risks upfront so that all parties are informed and prepared throughout the duration of the project. To make sure we are hitting milestones, I carry out progress reporting and review the project schedule to assure we are in line with what has been proposed. I also manage the subcontractor relationships and navigate the fine balance to nurture the collective work required for successful project completion.
What recent industry trends have made a big impression on you?
It’s really exciting to see alternative heat sources emerge. Technologies like solar thermal and hydrogen cells haven’t been largely considered as heat sources for industrial application, so it’s neat to see them being used as alternatives to more traditional heat sources. We’re currently working with a client in California where we are implementing solar thermal to reduce their boiler burning fuel requirements.
We are also seeing innovative ways to concentrate solutions, such as through reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis isn’t new, but Skyven has used the reverse osmosis process in less conventional settings to reduce carbon emissions at various industrial plants.
Being open to these alternative solutions and innovative approaches shows that industrials are becoming more excited about sustainability and reducing their emissions.
What would you want partners and customers to know about Skyven?
We will take away your headache.
Industrials want to reduce their emissions and they want to be profitable, but if decarbonization is not their primary focus, they may not be aware of what processes to use, how to engineer and implement them, or how to finance the project.
Skyven can walk industrials through all of these questions so they understand what can be done. Once options are selected, Skyven can then execute the plan and bring in financing so that industrials don’t have to use their own capital.
What advice do you have for young engineers interested in working on climate change?
No matter what industry you’re in — even if it’s something as traditional as Oil & Gas — don’t get bogged down by the mindset that what’s been working will continue to work for the next 20-30 years. Decarbonization is something that we all need, and even the small things make a difference, whether you work on climate change at a professional level or simply in your day-to-day life.
Be open to new ideas and be upfront with ideas of your own. Be innovative and provide options. When you do, there will be someone who is listening.