WSP for nearly 9 years
I’m a Structural Engineer- I make sure buildings and bridges stand up!
I use maths and physics to make sure that ideas for buildings and bridges that architects come up with, can stand up and be built. It’s great fun, I work with lots of interesting people and love watching my designs being built!
I worked on The Shard for 6 years, designing the foundations and the very top of the building (yes its finished!). I’ve also designed a footbridge, a sculpture and lots of apartment blocks in London.
My Typical Day
Calculations, design meetings, site!
A building has lots of different phases- starting from ideas to being built. Every stage is very different which means my work day changes depending on what’s happening on my projects! Somedays I am doing sketches with architects, meeting other engineers, doing calculations and creating 3D models of my structures, and others I will go out to site to look at the construction.
All the stages are fun in their own way but my favourite bit is when a project is completed and I can point to it and say – “I designed that!”
What I'd do with the money
Travel around the UK telling more students about engineering!
I love speaking to students about engineering, in fact I’ve spoken to 1000s of people in the last 3 years. I would love to win the prize and travel even more around the country telling people what I do, and why its fun.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Organised dancing-obsessed engineer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Beyonce/ Alicia Keys
What's your favourite food?
Indian street food
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Photo shoot for Marks & Spencer
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
Climb to the top of The Shard!
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
Tell us a joke.
To the optimist- the glass is half full. To the pessimist- half empty. To the Engineer- the glass is twice as big as it needs to be!