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Graduate Interview with Doug White

Posted on by Peter Nugent

Doug On Site
Doug On Site

Over 7 years ago a plucky, young and some might say handsome young lad took his first steps into Skempton not knowing what was in store for him in those eternal corridors. Mainly due to the fact he had not received his timetable and only found out lectures had started when stumbling across another CivEnger during a night at the union. To his credit he did think it strange fresher’s week had lasted longer than the name suggested. Despite this stumble, with help from Anna Hikel and CivSoc, the lad left Skempton with a degree, eager to begin his professional engineering career....

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Graduate Interview with Seb Kaminski

Posted on by Peter Nugent

Is It Just Me Or Is The Roof Slanted?
Is It Just Me Or Is The Roof Slanted?

My name is Seb Kaminski and I’m a Senior Structural Engineer working in Arup. After graduating in 2007 I joined Arup’s Advanced Technology and Research group, before moving to Building Engineering London (Bel) which is effectively Arup’s bread and butter design group, working on all manner of buildings across the world.

What was the highlight of your degree? 

Going to El Salvador twice and working with local communities. The experience was amazing and made me really appreciate how lucky we are in the UK, but also how we can really help improve...

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Elections: The Run Down of All 10 Committee Positions

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The time has come when positions need to be filled, heirs need to be decided and the greater needs of CivSoc need to be accounted for. February 10th marks the opening of CivSoc Elections, from this point forth you will be able to nominate yourself for a position. Peter! I hear you cry, and not for the first time young LIVIC reader, what position shall I run for? Well I have interrogated each and every committee member to find what they do, what skills you need and what they would improve on to give you an idea what you want to put in to your manifesto. Amongst the muffled cries of "let me...

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Prof. John Burland Gives LIVIC An Insight

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Professor John Burland, CBE, DSc(Eng), FREng, FRS is a world-leading Geotechnical Engineer and Emeritus Professor at Imperial College. His work has taken him to many parts of the world, working on hundreds of fascinating projects.

Have you ever read LIVIC before?

I am mortified to admit that I haven’t  - but now I have the link!  Has every member of staff been bombarded with it? – they should be. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

John Burland at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
John Burland at the Leaning Tower of Pisa

What is your current favourite engineering project?

Crossrail. It has almost every civil engineering challenge...

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Liz Gives Us An Insight In To The Mind of a Ph.D.

Posted on by Peter Nugent

Who are you?

Hi I’m Liz and I’m in the second year of my Ph.D. with Dr. Wadee researching nonlinear buckling behaviour in thin-walled structures. I hope my work will contribute to improving steel design in standardised codes, and/or allow me one day to finally press some buttons in the structures lab. I spend most of the day getting angry at my computer before storming off to the tea room to chain drink Earl Grey and Pepsi Max.

What was the highlight of your degree?

I would say the best thing about the degree is the friends you make; I still see a lot of the special people I spent four...

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Graduate Interview: Finlay McPhail

Posted on by Peter Nugent

As I have said many times before, I am a man of the people, this time I bring to you, the people, interviews from not only graduates but also PhD students. This will give you a broad perspective of what life can be like after you graduate from Imperial, if this was UCL you could just pop down to Subway and ask how their recent graduates are getting on. ZING. This month I have focused on the fluids side of civil engineering, our first graduate interview in with Finlay McPhail who graduated this summer and is now working for Shell in their Offshore Structures department.

Where's Finlay?
Where's...

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Ph.D. Interview: Marcos Rodrigeuz

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Not his actual PhD
Not his actual PhD

Hi, my name is Marcos Rodriguez and I am about to start the 3rd year of my PhD in the Skempton. My research is in the Fluid Mechanics section and I focus on nonlinear wave-structure interaction of floating bodies, with an application to wave-energy converters (no, this does not mean I play around in the wave basin all day).

What was the highlight of your degree?

I would probably say building the Gherkin in Constructionarium and my third year Group Design Project.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In an ideal world, I’ll be working for a large offshore...

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