Antriana Gkikopouli

Electrical Engineering

"Being among talented engineers and individuals is the best working environment, in order to learn and progress."

What is your passion?

When facing problems, I was most of the times focusing on finding a solution. As the time passed by and I was growing older, I was focusing on finding a more innovative solution and did more research. That research led me to electrical engineering, where I learned to optimise procedures and apply solutions. I conducted a Meng in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Patras, Greece and I continued with my MSc in Automation and Control in Supelec, Paris, France.

How do you fulfil your passion in ARUP?

Being among talented engineers and individuals is the best working environment, in order to learn and progress. At the forefront of facing challenges, being part of a team and equipped with knowledge, I feel confident to voice my opinion and contribute to the team effort.  

What are your day-to-day achievements?

After making my cup of tea, I dive into my daily tasks, such as answering to client emails, performing calculations and writing reports and specifications. I participate in team meetings, ask for information from senior colleagues and enjoy the team socials and gatherings after work. I almost always learn something new each day just by talking to people.

What has been your most enjoyable moment/project so far?

I conducted train station surveys for TfW rail, which we edited and fine-tuned along with several disciplines, such as Structures, Planning, Consulting etc. The project acted as a force of unity among different offices and we got to meet and collaborate with lots of people, where every single input was making a difference of great impact. At an early point of my career at ARUP, I was able to represent my group in team meetings and coordinate actions, which made me feel very proud.

What are your future aspirations?

I want to continue with my professional and personal trajectory by getting chartered and participate in the near future in a long-term assignment in a different ARUP office. It would be an amazing opportunity to explore a new country and at the same time maintain the same working atmosphere and moral values in the working environment.

Both of the above are being encouraged by ARUP, by offering support and financial aid towards professional membership and allocated mentor within the team.

Has your previous working experience been useful to your designer role in ARUP?

Prior to ARUP, I was a site engineer in tunnels and highways in Greece. I was responsible for the CCTV and video detection systems and their collaboration with software such as the Motorway Management System and SCADA.

My perspective has been useful in ARUP, by organising effective and short meetings, as well as setting clear objectives and tasks for each member. Furthermore, making sure that all voices are heard was something I learned as a site engineer that I hold on till this day and has proven very useful in several big projects.

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