Speaker Spotlight #4 – Kristen Howard, AECOM

This week, Abrar Aziz sat down with Kristen Howard from AECOM. Kristen will be speaking at EECON on the technical challenges experienced within civil and structural disciplines when supporting electrical design and installation. Read on to find out more…

Tell us about your role.
My role is to bring together civil and structural disciplines to support the design and operations of electrical installations – from traditional substations to renewables infrastructure.

What do you enjoy most about your current role?
I see the industry moving towards self-sustainability (i.e. renewables) whilst becoming more cognizant of whole of life costs. This requires us to be more innovative now in how we approach projects and a have willingness to explore new technologies.

How have you embraced the changing industry?
I saw it as an opportunity to broaden my horizons – to apply my traditional civil engineering background to a new field. It has also given me an appreciation and breadth of knowledge of the industry.

Why did you become an engineer?
Challenges abound which force me to think outside the box, particularly with constrained brownfield sites. I have yet to come across a project where I can apply a straightforward civil/ structural design.