September 25, 2013

Career Spotlight: Saqib Fazal


Today: Saqib Fazal, Alumni of the MEng Membrane Lightweight Structures, Class 2010-2012

Why did you decide to participate in the Membrane Lighweight Structures program?
I decided to participate on the advice of a friend and professional contact, Dr. Robert Wehdorn Roithmayr.

What comes to your mind when you think about the program now? What were the highlights?
Personally some of the highlights of the program were meeting design professionals based in Vienna and other parts of Austria. Austria has a wealth of experts engaged in the fields of membrane construction, parametric/generative design and robotic manufacturing. Mostly these experts presented guest lectures in the evenings with a question and answer session afterwards. These experts have won design competitions and are doing very notable projects internationally. They are at the cutting edge of their fields of    application. Therefore it was illuminating to listen to and meet with them. Many of these people are alumni of TU Wien, and meeting them is a great example of how knowledge gained at the university has been applied.

How did you benefit from the program personally?
I have benefitted from the program in numerous ways - I have increased my understanding and knowledge of membrane constructions and shell structures tremendously, in addition to adding to my network of professional contacts.

Do you have any advice for our future students?
If you are interested in the design and construction of membrane and shell structures, do not hesitate to enrol in the program. There is no better place to gain knowledge and meet people engaged in this branch of construction and design.

What career plans do you have for the next 3-5 years?
I will continue to design and build membrane constructions.

What is your motto?
My motto can perhaps best be summed up by the following quotes :
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude..." (Collin Powell)
    " It always seems impossible until it is done " (Unknown)
    “To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” (Soren Kierkegaard)

Which book is currently on your bedside table?
' From Control to design'


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