What motivated you to want to become an engineer?
I always found biology and chemistry interesting during my school and decided to pursue biotechnology for graduation. After the degree, I enrolled myself into an industrial training programme which developed my curiosity in the designing and operations of bioreactors and fermenters. Later, a post-graduate degree in Bioprocess Engineering from Dublin City University further boosted my interest in the fields of biopharma and process engineering.
What project that you worked on are you the proudest of and why?
For my first project with IPS, I was involved in designing clean utility systems for one of the biggest biopharma projects in Europe. I got a chance to work on the project from the very beginning and then watching the design come to life at the construction site in a few months was quite fascinating.
How has your work in engineering changed due to COVID-19 restrictions?
It did take some time to adapt to the “new normal” of working remotely. I made sure the work continued as usual online with clients and colleagues, focusing more on maintaining efficient and clear communication. However, I am eagerly waiting to get back out at site offices once things get back to normal and safe.
What do you love most about your job?
No two projects are completely the same. Specific site conditions or client requirements forces you to be more creative. I also love how this field is directly involved in saving lives across the world.
Can you please share advice that you have for anyone that is considering a career in engineering?
Engineering is all about learning new things and learning is a never-ending journey. Try to learn something new out of every project and try to develop as an engineer and add to what you already know.