Frank P. Moolin Jr. Seminars
Frank P. Moolin, Jr., served as Senior Project Manager for the pipeline portion of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline project from 1973 to 1977, successfully managing the construction of the 800 mile long pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez. It was a project of historic proportions and at the time was the largest privately funded construction project in history, with a workforce as high as 22,000, major logistical challenges, and environmental conditions more severe than most other locations in the world. The project was completed on schedule, with oil flowing thorough the line for the first time on June 20, 1977. After his task on the pipeline was complete, Frank formed Frank Moolin & Associates, Inc., and continued to provide his management expertise to several other major projects.
Frank Moolin had a dream to become a teacher so as to share his insights into management, and especially the management of very large “mega” projects, with the next generation of engineers and project managers. Unfortunately, that dream was not to be fulfilled, as he died of leukemia in 1982. Following his death, Mr. Moolin’s family generously contributed funds in his memory to support engineering management education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
With partial funding from the Moolin endowment, the UAF Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering sponsored seminars about mega-project management in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau in May 2013, Alternative Project Delivery Systems for Governments in Alaska in Fairbanks in November 2015, Environmentally Sustainable Construction Practices in Cold Regions in October 2016 in Anchorage, and Rural and Arctic Construction in Alaska: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges in November 2018.