Musa PM Chunge

Musa PM Chunge

Engineer and project manager at COWI

Country United Kingdom

Specialisms Design, project management, structural, bridges

Career highlights

My working day

Every day seems to bring a new challenge. I spend most of my day communicating and collaborating with clients and colleagues, looking for solutions to problems of all sorts. These problems can be technical – how do we get a bridge structure to work and be buildable and sustainable. Sometimes the problems are more administrative – how do we manage our time and money in the best way and plan for the future. It's a good mixture.
Bridges to Prosperity - Kucyaruseke bridge

Bridges to Prosperity - Kucyaruseke bridge

My career inspiration

None really. I came to civil engineering naturally, following my skills and enjoyment of STEM subjects, my desire to do something big, something visible, and something that would allow me to make meaningful contributions to society. As I explored these desires, civil engineering seemed to open up naturally.

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I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also ... A Christian. I have a faith which underpins my life and my work. My faith points to a God who’s a master engineer and that’s inspiring. It defines the inherent value of life and the environment in absolute terms, which is extremely grounding. Because of this, it forms the basis of my (and I believe humanity's collective) responsibility to the world.

Musa Chunge

Engineer and project manager, COWI

What I love about being a civil engineer (that I didn’t know before I became one)

How many people it takes to make our infrastructure work.

The civil engineering myth I’d like to bust

It's all about concrete and muddy boots.

I’d recommend a career in civil engineering because

… of the real things you can point to when the job’s done. There’s a great satisfaction in seeing your work come to life, especially when you can also recognise the positive impacts that our work can bring forth. Civil engineering has been and will continue to be a crucial part of how we manage our environment and take care of our world.

The project, past or present, I wish I'd worked on

The Kenya-Uganda railway (or sometimes called the Lunatic Express). The original railway across Kenya from Mombasa to Uganda, famous for the man-eating lions of Tsavo.

What gets me out of bed every morning?

The joy of solving problems and finding good solutions. The sense of enabling others through my work. The scale of the problems that I must wrestle with.

Education

University of Waterloo, BASc

University of Cambridge MPhil

Laing O'Rourke (first job)

ICE President's Apprentice

COWI (current job)

My hobbies

Building community in London through local church, doing park runs, playing football, sound engineering and live mixing, and local council engagement.

The most complex thing I’ve made out of Lego

I used to make little Lego cities in my bedroom and create stories in them. Nothing compared to the size of the replicas in Legoland, but big enough for my imagination.

Main image courtesy of Berkeley Homes

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