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Sanaya speaking at the Institution of Civil Engineers gala dinner.

Sanaya has a passion for music and can play five instruments as well as sing.
Sanaya performing at the Railways Ball
Sanaya performing at the Railways Ball Sanaya has a passion for music and can play five instruments as well as sing.

How has your career developed since joining Mott MacDonald as a graduate?

I joined Mott MacDonald as a graduate engineer in the railways division over four years ago and am now an assistant engineer working towards achieving chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers. Since joining I have rotated around the business and worked in six different offices, including opportunities overseas, in the client office, on site and on secondment to the bridges team.

What are your favourite projects that you have worked on?

Upon joining Mott MacDonald I was immediately placed in the High Speed 2 (HS2) project team where I designed route options between the West Midlands and Manchester at feasibility stage. Working together with a small group of colleagues on a high-profile project presented me with responsibilities to both the team and future generations. Fast-forward a few years to my current role and I am leading the engineering of the high speed route between Crewe to Manchester whilst on a secondment to the client HS2. I am responsible for producing engineering drawings and reports, engaging with stakeholders, delivering technical briefings, and coordinating the design and programme with other interfacing projects. It is exciting to be part of a project where there is strong collaboration between engineers and public bodies. It has given me insight into how route option studies and business cases are produced to assess the viability of new projects against environmental and economic factors.

What is the best thing about working at Mott MacDonald?

The draw of Mott MacDonald is its global reach with over 180 offices around the world and the diversity of projects we work on. I have experience working on a range of rail projects including high speed, conventional, metro and heavy haul railways worldwide. It’s rewarding to work on transport systems and public infrastructure projects that can improve local communities and deliver a sustainable environment for future generations.

What do you think makes Mott MacDonald unique?

It is the people at Mott MacDonald who make it a unique place to work. There is a friendly, team-based working culture, where knowledge is shared between disciplines and offices around the globe. Thanks to the development of technology for collaboration tools, expert advice is always at my fingertips.

What support have you had whilst working towards your chartership?

I was encouraged to sign up to the Mott MacDonald training agreement with the Institution of Civil Engineers and I have a mentor who is guiding me through the chartership process. I have also benefited from on-the-job training from colleagues, formal training courses and professional development initiatives, such as our railways professional excellence network which I’m currently leading. All this has been with the continued support of Mott MacDonald and has contributed to developing me into an accomplished, well-rounded engineer.

What is the most exciting thing you have done at Mott MacDonald to date?

Two years into my career at Mott MacDonald I had the opportunity to go on an overseas secondment to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. I spent a few months in the client office designing a new 50km metro line running North-South across the city and spent half a year in Mott MacDonald’s South East Asia business development team managing bids for transport projects. I also got the chance to meet and discuss transport problems and solutions with the Malaysian Government at their base in Putrajaya. It was challenging but fascinating to be exposed to new working environments in a foreign culture. I embraced being overseas by spending my free time travelling and even climbed Mount Kinabalu with some of my colleagues. The whole experience has made me more confident, flexible and resourceful.

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