Black & Veatch Adds Six Water Experts to Its Houston Office

Black & Veatch has hired or relocated an additional six engineers for its water and wastewater business at the company’s Houston Regional Office to support project growth in Texas and globally. The company’s continued expansion in Houston builds on its office presence in the city for more than 20 years.


The newly hired or relocated engineers include Fariborz Fakheri, project manager; Sergio Flores, civil engineer; Andrew Issazadeh, civil-structural engineer; Justin Sandt, civil engineer; Jose Mendiola; civil engineer; and Corey Evans, civil engineer.

Fariborz Fakheri has more than 35 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. He has served as an operations, project and construction manager across the water and chemical manufacturing industry. This includes operations and construction work for the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, Texas, as well as a major chemical company that specializes in water treatment chemicals for municipal and industrial use. He has also led the design and construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities, sludge disposal fields, sludge landfills and flood protection levees, as well as pump stations and storm water detention ponds.

Fakheri earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and a master’s in business administration and business strategy from Southern Methodist University.


Sergio Flores has experience in tunneling, pipeline, marine construction and structural design. This includes engineering support for the marine works at a major desalination project in Chile, as well as tunnel field engineer services for the City of Austin’s Water Treatment Plant 4 project. During his career, Flores has provided field, structural and resident engineering for more than $500 million in public and private projects.

Flores earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico.


Andrew Issazadeh has served as structural engineer and performed structural design and analysis for oil and gas related projects. In addition, he has experience in designing and constructing bridges. This includes work for the Harris County Toll Road Authority in Texas. Issazadeh has designed supporting infrastructure for a wastewater treatment facility in Riverside, California, and provided construction management services for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Issazadeh earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil/structural engineering from the University of Houston.



Justin Sandt is experienced in project management, engineering design and construction of water, wastewater and facility projects. He has more than seven years of experience serving as a project engineer and manager on numerous City of Houston water and wastewater distribution and treatment plant projects including pump stations, primary treatment, odor control and biosolids management. Sandt’s project experience also includes work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, City of New Orleans, City of Laredo and various commercial and industrial clients. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, water resources and environmental from Texas A&M University.



Jose Mendiola has served as a project engineer in many Houston regional water infrastructure and improvements projects. They includes work on the Almeda Sims WWTP improvement project for the City of Houston as well as the Northbelt WWTP project that includes the rehabilitation of a 22 million gallon per day existing pump station and related equipment. He is also working to update the biosolids management plan for the City of Houston. Mendiola earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston.



Corey Evans has experience in structural design and desalination of brackish water. He has worked on the preliminary alignment of a pipeline for the West Harris County Regional Water Authority. Evans has also provided services in estimating needed volumes of monofills, a landfill for biosolid disposal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global engineering firm for infrastructure in energy, water, telecommunications and government services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2015 were US $3.0 billion. Follow us on and on social media.

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