Name: Iranga Ratnayake

Program: Structural Engineering

University(s) / College(s) Attended: McMaster University

Education / Degree(s): Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering Design

Current Job Title: Project Manager

Current Employer: Hatch Ltd.

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Fun Facts About Me

Share one fun fact about yourself:
Last year I had a goal of visiting 5 countries I’ve never been before, I was able to go to go to Oman, Georgia, Armenia, Nepal, Philippines, and Hong Kong. “Being an engineer is exceeding your own expectations 😊”

The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?:
My Father, he’s a broadcasting engineer. I admire his hard work and dedication to his job and his ability and tenaciousness to keep working in his field even after we migrated to Canada. It was not an easy transition by any means.

Profile Questions

Why did you choose to study engineering?:
I was planning to be an architect, but last year in high school in Canada I had to design and build two storey cardboard house and I was fascinated with the building process and the methodology and details that goes in to constructing a structure. So, I chose engineering and went to Mac for their excellent engineering program.

How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?:
I’ve only recently begun focusing more in project management, previously I’ve worked as a structural engineer in design and construction of industrial facilities. The engineering background I have makes me a better manager with a solid technical background.

What do you love most about your career?:
Ability to travel, work on interesting projects and meet people from all over the world.

What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?:
The limit on you is the boundaries you set for yourself. I’ve been very fortunate to learn and grow and explore the world with my career. I’ve never refused an assignment, so I would recommend taking any challenges that may come your way. Also, making sure they get at least a year’s site experience as early as possible in their career as that hand’s on experience will beat many years in a theoretical office design environment.

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