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Journey to Success – London 2023

26/10/2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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“Journey to Success” is an event for early career engineers and designers where leading figures who have been in practice in the fields of buildings and transportation infrastructure discuss their own personal journeys. The event will discuss skills, opportunities, risks and difficulties.

The panel will be chaired by Paul van Hagen (Principal Bridge Engineer at Hardesty and Hanover), and will consist of:

  • Paul Nowak, Technical Director of Infrastructure Geotechnics at Atkins
  • Kamlah Kew, Programme Manager at Transport for London (TfL).
  • Debashish Mukherjee, Bridge Engineer and Associate Director at AECOM.

This free event is likely to be popular, but the audience is strictly limited to 45. In the event of you being unable to attend, please return your ticket so that it can be given to others on the
waiting list.

We will be taking photos during the event; we assume that on booking a ticket, consent given to take photos and for use by IABSE and their partners and sponsors. Please let us know at events@iabse.org.uk if you would prefer not to be photographed.


Debashish Mukherjee is a Bridge Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Bengal Engineering College in India. Debashish is Chartered Engineer with more than 23 years of experience in bridge projects especially highway bridges. Debashish has extensive experience of delivering bridge design projects involving multi-disciplinary teams working from various office locations including Client/Contractor. This includes managing and liaison with framework client and contractor from initial prospect identification through to detailed design delivery and support during construction. Debashish started his career as a Bridge Engineer in India working on major highway widening schemes in India, new road construction in Myanmar and flyover projects in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. Debashish joined Atkins in 2008 and worked on several high-profile projects like Olympics Park, A14 widening, Whitchurch Bridge reconstruction and A13/A1014 junction improvement. Debashish then started working with WSP in 2015 to deliver various schemes in London for Westminster City Council and Hounslow Highways. In 2018 Debashish took up a senior position in AECOM as Associate Director and worked on various structures and highways improvement schemes in Kent, Cornwall, London and Oxfordshire and is also responsible for business development including support to major international projects and bids.

Paul Nowak graduated with a BSc in Geology from Imperial College in 1977 and is a Technical Director and Atkins Fellow in Atkins’ Infrastructure Group, where he is responsible for the geotechnical design of infrastructure projects. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Geologist.

Paul has over 40 years’ experience specialising in infrastructure design and construction both in the UK and world-wide where he has worked for both contractors and consultants. He has acted as Lead Engineer and Project Manager for the design of major infrastructure projects in a wide variety of geological conditions and he has wide experience of the tender, detailed design and construction of D&B and PPP highway schemes. He brings a pragmatic approach to earthworks and foundation design particularly with regard to buildability. He is principal author of UK ICE Earthworks, a Guide – 2nd Edition and was author and section editor of the Earthworks section of the 1st & 2nd Editions of the ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering. He has also the author of over 20 technical and conference papers. He is currently English speaking secretary on the World Roads Association Earthworks Technical Committee.



6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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