Chrysanthi Stroumpouli is one of our Structural Engineers, based out of our Twickenham office. She joined Patrick Parsons in 2020 and is currently studying for her PhD.
How were you encouraged to get into engineering?
Growing up I was exposed to all of the possible career choices, giving me the freedom to choose what attracted me the most. I am extremely glad and grateful that I had all the support I needed to follow my dreams and passions.
Can you give an overview of your role?
As a Structural Engineer, I am associated with technical design, advanced structural analysis and participating throughout the delivery of construction projects. Additionally, as a current PhD candidate focused on tall building aerodynamics, I am working towards advancing my expertise on this topic.
Do you feel you have equal opportunities to men?
From a one-dimensional point of view, female and male engineers are supposed to be equally faced and appreciated. Although, our global society in most cases influences this issue in the way that female engineers are still subconsciously but also consciously discriminated against. That is why we should all work together towards the normalisation of women in engineering.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?
Everyday is a challenge, which is why I am glad that I am following this career.
What are your career goals?
I am working towards creating my personal career path, which combines research and industry. My goal is to become the best I can be and this combination will provide me with the additional skills needed for my future performance.
What inspires you?
The wind, music, art, architecture and people.
What would you say to girls in school/college who may be considering Engineering as a career option?
I would encourage them to try all their options and choose purely based on their interests and on what attracts them the most. I would also advice to really listen to your inner self.
Do you have any advice to share with your fellow female engineers?
We should keep on being connected, sharing more of our thoughts fears and concerns. We should also listen to each other more, so that we make our and the future generation’s experience as splendid as we can.
What is a common misconception that people have about careers in Engineering?
People tend to assume in general. Hence misconceptions can include everything and they can be found in every career sector.
What is your greatest career achievement to date?
Being a PhD candidate and working as a Structural Engineer, which is the beginning of my desired career path.
What kind of impact would you like your work to make?
I am really hoping that my work will have a positive impact on the environment and the experience for people.
What are your hopes for the future of engineering?
My biggest hope is that one day engineering will serve the environment in the best way possible while being human oriented as well.