Welcome to ISL’s Young Professionals! We feature ISLers who are taking the engineering world by storm. Get to know what led them to a career in engineering, what their day-to-day looks like and what they think sets ISL apart.
Meet Bhaskar Swaroop, a Structural Engineer based in our Calgary office. Bhaskar has been with ISL for 2 years.
M.Eng, P.Eng, Calgary
What is your role at ISL?
I am a Structural Engineer at ISL. I help with the design of bridges, retaining walls and other structures seen on our roads!
What big project are you working on right now (or have you recently completed)?
I have been assisting with the 17 Ave extension project which involves designing a 127 m long LRT bridge and flood walls in the Calgary Stampede grounds.
When and why did you decide you wanted to be an engineer?
It was a natural progression for me to go into engineering after high school because I was strong in and enjoyed mathematics.
What was the path you took to get to where you are today? (school, volunteering, work experience/co-ops, networking, ect.)
I worked at EPCOR and the Government of Alberta for my coop terms while completing my Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta.
After graduating, I had a hard time finding a job in structural engineering. I decided to continue in school and complete my Masters in Structural Engineering.
Had it not been for that decision, I doubt I would be working as a structural engineer in the industry and may have had to settle for a field that I did not enjoy as much.
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
Its nice to go out and point out the projects you have been part of and bridges you have helped design and build.
What does a typical day at ISL look like for you? (coffee, inspections, site visits, phone calls, team meetings, design, emails, ect.)
Lots and lots of time spent on Microsoft Excel. I tend to avoid relying on the new design softwares available to us so I spend a lot of time checking and formulating my own spreadsheets when designing.
What are some of your favourite ISL experiences? (Cool projects, social events/charitable initiatives, daily office life, ect.)
ISL staff dev seminar 2020. It was great to see everyone before COVID took over. Another great experience was competing in the Calgary Corporate Challenge and winning silver for “Near Pong”.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
I hope to take a bigger role in the design of complicated bridges in Alberta. I would love to be part of a project like the Walterdale Bridge.