Following an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, I worked for a year and a half in Cape Town at a large civil engineering consultancy. Most of the projects on which I worked had to do with water resource planning and strategy, and took place in South Africa and elsewhere on the African continent.
A Real Options Approach to Balancing Blue-Green and Grey Urban Drainage Solutions
Why did you do the ESD MPhil?
Much of the work I was doing before highlighted the need for sustainable solutions and an holistic approach to engineering problems. In my research into possible Master’s degrees the ESD MPhil leapt out as having the kind of approach, and offering the kind of courses I was interested in.
How did it help you?
The course answered a lot of the questions about sustainability that I had had before, as well as introducing me to a whole range of concepts and approaches of which I had never been aware. As I hoped, it provided a broader base than the merely technical, and gave me opportunities to investigate aspects of sustainability that I would not otherwise have had.
What are you doing now?
In the course of my dissertation I received some help from a civil and structural engineering company, Smith and Wallwork, here in Cambridge. I now work for Smith and Wallwork, mostly doing flood-risk analysis and drainage design, which allows me to use some of the sustainable design approaches I looked into in my dissertation, as well as drawing on my previous experience in water resources management.