The experienced engineer of more than 32 years in the pump business is now contracts manager at Murray, overseeing the company's tendering, contract negotiation, client relationship management, and business development activity.
Kryakos says Murray is establishing a strong presence in the Australian market, which is where his focus will be. The company also has offshore growth prospects through its association with the Byrnecut Group of companies, one of the world's major contract and engineering services groups.
"This is a young but very well connected business," he says of Murray's Pumping Division.
"There is a very good opportunity to build on Byrnecut's mining connections, but also excellent growth prospects in the broader pump market.
"I am joining the company at a good time with another mining boom being talked about and generally robust markets across the industrial, resources and water treatment sectors."
Born in Cairo, Kryakos studied at the city's Helwan University where he did a mechanical engineering degree and earned a bachelor of science in 1979. He came to Australia 32 years ago, to Sydney, where he still lives and where his children, Haidee and Mark, live and work.
Kryakos is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia and member of Engineers Australia.
His long career in the industry so far has produced many highlights, including a number of major contract deliveries such as those for the A$18 million Eastern Treatment Plant in Melbourne, Victoria (oxygen plant and ozone generators), the $20 million Wheatstone LNG project in Western Australia (pumps and RO plant), the $3 million Barrow Island gas project in WA (pumps), and the $2.5 million Cadia gold mine in New South Wales (development stage pump system).
Kryakos says real innovation and technological advancement in the pumping industry has moved away from product design itself to overall system design and control. Advances in design and production technology continued to make manufacturing of pumps and parts more efficient and ultimately simpler than in the past.
"The industry itself remains very competitive - it's a tough market," he says.
Murray Engineering's Pumping Division provides a full range of mechanical and electrical engineering design, drafting, fabrication, assembly, skid-mounting, packaging, installation and commissioning services.
Division manager Pratt says a highly experienced, growing team with the skills and capability to deliver full turnkey packages could also provide 24/7 management of customer systems, including reliability assessment, site pump audits, plant health checks and production optimisation services.
Murray Engineering has the facilities in Australia to overhaul all types of pumps and can supply both OEM and re-engineered spare parts.
Integrated electrical and mechanical engineering arms give the company capacity to provide a full range of motorisation and skid packaging options with diesel or electric drive systems, and the supply, service and repair of fans, blowers, mixers, valves, pumps and compressors.
The company does onsite maintenance and repairs nationally, deploying engineers and fitters on site with full-time service contracts. Dynamic balancing, failure analysis (with full RCFA reporting), and full-spectrum vibration analysis and condition reporting are other components of Murray's broad service offering.
"From my point of view the market has really picked up over the last few months, and next year is looking very promising," Pratt says.
"We are really looking forward in growing Murray Engineering's Pumping Division both in WA, on the east coast and overseas.
"Medhat has very strong relationships with many clients over on the east coast.
"He is very technical with regards to pumping and associated equipment. His market knowledge is second to none and is extremely well respected in the industry.
"Medhat is very good with implementing good systems, processes, and standard quotation templates. Being a small team this has already helped us improve our quotation processes."
Kryakos says more than three decades in Australia, spending most of his professional life working in the country and raising a family here, has made him more or less "an Aussie" who enjoys swimming and walking in his adopted home city.
Asked about local sporting teams - maybe a football team - he says his allegiances remain with the world game and his cherished Liverpool in the English Premier League.