Take a Closer Look: Georgia Tsampodimou, Civil and Infrastucture

Over the next few months we will be shining a spotlight on some of our engineers as we celebrate the Year of Engineering. Our aim is to take a closer look at those who have just started their Engineering careers – to find out what inspired them to choose this exciting career path, and to see how they have found life as an engineer so far! We’ve also thrown in a few questions just for fun…

This week we sat down with Georgia Tsampodimou, a Civil and Infrastructure Engineer based in our London Office.

What area of engineering do you specialise in?
I am part of the civil and infrastructure team in London. I am mostly involved in projects relevant to highways design. I also do flood risk assessment and drainage strategy reports.

What is your favourite aspect of the job?
I mostly enjoy the part of the job that requires engineering thinking. In my case, problems such as how do I make this junction work, or designing a new parking layout and making it functional and sustainable are my favourite. Of course, I also enjoy social events that the company organises for us. Curtins get together in Warwick last September for example was pure fun.

What has been the biggest achievement in your career so far?
I started my career as an engineer 6 months ago. So, I would say that finishing my probation period in Curtins is my first achievement so far. Also getting more and more responsibilities day by day makes me feel that I am working towards the right direction.

What daily challenges do you face?
London life is not an easy choice. Commuting to work every day is a bit of a struggle. Also maintaining high performance at work and having a social life requires some effort. In the end of the week I feel exhausted, but at the same time I feel creative and satisfied with my life.

Where did you graduate from?
I graduated from University of Patras in Greece with a Meng in Civil Engineering.
I also did a Masters last year in Construction Project Management in Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Favourite school subject?
I was pretty good at Maths, so probably I would choose that as my favourite subject. But I also enjoyed History module. I was always fascinated by the achievements of Ancient Greeks to be honest.

 Why did you become an engineer? What inspired you?
Growing up surrounded by engineers (my father and my godmother are engineers) contributed positively into my future decision to become a civil engineer.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I was born in Berlin and spend my childhood in Athens. Having lived in Edinburgh for a year and being currently a London resident, relocating is apparently not an issue for me.

Do you have any hobbies?
I like reading crime novels, I am addicted to Jo Nesbo’s books.
I also do yoga twice a week. I believe it’s important to maintain mental and physical health.

Favourite song?
Mm that depends on the week. This week I am obsessed with Havana by Camila Cabello.

Favourite film?
Amelie. I am a romantic soul after all.