IPWEA NSW & ACT Welcomes New Intern

IPWEA NSW & ACT (IPWEA) would like to welcome Shady Gadallah to the team. Shady is completing his first 6 month internship from The University of Technology Sydney, so we took some time to get to know him and find out 'why Engineering'? 

Tell us a bit about yourself...
My name is Shady Gadallah and I am studying my third year of Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Construction) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). I am currently beginning my first 6-month Civil Engineering internship with IPWEA. I play as a striker for St George United Soccer team and also enjoy basketball. 

What made you decide you wanted to study Engineering?
Throughout high school I was always asked what I wanted to do after school finished, and I never really had an answer until about Year 11. When I noticed I couldn’t answer the question I did my research on my options, with my growing interest for the industry as well as my love for Math, the first field I researched was Civil Engineering and I was instantly hooked. I was always good at Maths during school and always enjoyed solving problems. Engineers constantly change the world with developments and solutions which affects everyone’s day-to-day lives. In addition to that, I love to work in teams with other people, this is a core value of the Engineering industry. With all of these factors in mind, I have really enjoyed the challenging problems the course presents and haven't looked back since.

What do you hope to achieve or learn in your 6 months working with IPWEA NSW & ACT?
I am excited to begin my journey in the Engineering industry with IPWEA and I look forward to gaining as much knowledge as possible, espeically the importance of the industry on our every day life. In my 6-months internship, I hope to come across challenging problems that will allow me to think 'outside the box', allowing for innovation. I also look forward to attending more group meetings and virtual events, as I have been in my first week. I have learnt so much already and I look forward to learning more about the technical issues within our industry as well as compose reports on the prevention and maintenance of these issues. I hope to enhance the quality of the Public Works Sector through my 6-months at IPWEA, a key point of the IPWEA Vision and Mission.

What sort of role do you hope to take when you have finished your time at university?
Through my course, I hope to experience a variety of environments for the Civil Engineering industry. I hope to undertake a role that will have a positive contribution to the world, whether it be providing advice for unsafe roads to make them safer for the community, or going out and getting into a hands on role. My first week at IPWEA so far has been amazing, and my passion for Civil Engineering has never been so high. I am excited for my upcoming adventure and look forward to working with everyone here and further growing my understanding of the Civil Engineering world.