Infrastructure Engineering, 1T0+PEY
After graduating from EngSci in 2011 (1T0+PEY), Raphael Sammut joined Mortenson Construction, a large Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Contractor based out of Minneapolis, where he began work as a Field Supervisor for their Canadian Renewable Energy Division. After studying the underlying theory of structural engineering, Raphael was eager to obtain hands-on experience on large, complex projects and work towards receiving his P.Eng designation. After three years dedicated to the planning, construction management, and commissioning of three large wind projects in Canada, he shifted his focus to business development, founding new relationships with trade partners in Canada, and directing the proposal and design phases of new project opportunities. After what he considered a most fulfilling experience in the construction and renewable energy industries, Raphael says he is about to embark on the next stage of his career by pursuing a MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. His hope is to combine his technical engineering background with new skills in business, finance, and strategy to move into a leadership role where he can make a more positive impact on society.
Raphael provides his personal benefit from EngSci and his thoughts on the program:
“The most valuable gift Engineering Science provided me was perspective. As a rather intense program, EngSci required me to balance multiple competing priorities and tackle challenging problems, while still remaining involved in extra-curricular activities. It also fueled my desire to question the status quo and broke down mental barriers of what I thought I could accomplish within a certain period of time. This training has helped me achieve great success in my early professional career, and provided me the motivation to continue working on improving myself and developing new skills. One EngSci moment that has truly resonated with me was Professor Collins’ signature CIV102 keynote lecture in which he revealed the history of the engineering profession and its crucial contribution to society. When referencing the University’s motto, Velut arbor aevo, which means ‘may it grow as a tree through the ages’, Professor Collins imparted his belief that one’s education and professional development should never come to an end.”