Serban Berariu, student member

I'm really enjoying my civil engineering degree because I can see how it applies to real life. There are lots of opportunities to get practical first-hand experience through lab tests, field trips and group projects.

Serban Berariu
Serban Berariu

This year I’m learning even more about the industry on a work placement with WSP in Basingstoke (in south central England). I’ve worked on a variety of design jobs. These range from road networks to modelling surface water drainage for a new motorway in Qatar. It’s been an exciting learning curve for me, working with more experienced colleagues and seeing the knowledge I've gained used on current projects.

I joined ICE to keep up-to-date with the latest developments and opportunities, to add to what I know from my course. As a student member, I like ICE’s events and recorded lectures because I can learn about lots of different topics. For example, I recently did a five-week course on finance in engineering.

I admire how civil engineers can deal with urgent problems in quietly clever ways. The Elithis Tower in Dijon, France, is the world’s first positive energy tower, but that can slip by unnoticed. The design blends in with its surroundings, but it also drives the environmental performance of the building. This helps to keep energy demands and running costs low.

Being able to change and improve the world around me makes civil engineering such an exciting profession to be in.

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