Mandeep Singh Kohli, CP, M.ASCE, Senior Engineer at Samsung Engineering
Why do you think it is important to contribute to ASCE Collaborate and the civil engineering profession as a whole?
Engineering is not a very well defined science, it is part Science and part Art. What we learn in our school is just the basic building blocks, our main skill comes from doing the work and learning from others. One
can gain only a limited experience by doing things himself, but by collaborating with others and learning from other's expirience we can tap into their knowledge. This belief has always been my motivation in sharing knowledge
and it is this same reason why think it is important to contribute, for my own self development and the development of the entire community.
What advice do you often share with someone early on in their civil engineering career?
My advice would be to be patient and walk through your career’s initial days slowly so that you can grasp the fundamentals completely. The amount of efforts that you put in the initial years will pay dividend throughout your career.
Why did you become a civil engineer?
I was always fascinated by mathematics and Science, so it was logical for me to choose engineering. Since i was open to any Hardcore engineering discipline, it had to be either Mechanical, Civil or Aeronautical and when it
came to choose i chose Civil Engineering.
What do you enjoy most about being a civil engineer?
Being able to see your work play out on the actual field is the best part of being a civil engineer.
What is the most challenging project you have ever completed?
The most challenging Project was my last project, which was the Engineering and Design for a grassroots Propane Dehydrogenation Plant in Alberta. I was the Area Lead and responsible for the design and checking for all of the
major and critical Structures in Our scope, out of those item was the reactor structure, which consisted of 4 more than 60 mt tall structures having Heavy Reactors at top and 3 similarly tall interconnected stair towers.
That structure and its Foundation was in a way the culmination of my 10 years of engineering knowledge. It had several challenges, not the least of which was maintaining the drift at top to less than 2”. Having done that and
seeing how it stands today is one of my proudest achievements.