As we continue to celebrate National Engineering Month, we’re asking some of our engineers about their career, their goals, and their opinion on the importance of engineering to society. Next up is our interview with Nathaniel Lam, Infrastructure & Security Systems Manager from our Transportation Practice Area.
Read Nathaniel’s thoughts and opinions on engineering below:
Why did you decide to pursue engineering as a career?
In high school, my strengths were math and sciences so logically, engineering was the path of least resistance to graduation in university.
What do you hope to accomplish in your career?
To serve society where it would be a better and safer place of those places where I’ve had project influences.
In your opinion, how does engineering impact the development of our society?
Engineering is more than just design but a group of people trained to solve problems. At LEA, this will be in construction & technology where we would apply ideas and engineering fundamentals to expand the Canada infrastructure to a world class standard.
What is the importance of innovation and technology in the engineering space?
The evolution of engineering is the basis of how the world progresses to an advanced species, optimizing knowledge and empowering people to do more with less.
How do you foresee the future of engineering? What challenges and/or opportunities do you think you will face throughout your career?
The challenges would be to protect the value of engineers from AI and software programs that would automate the work that engineers do as a cost-effective measure.
What advice would you give to young aspiring engineers?
Play a part in society and leave a visual mark in this world (literally) of the things you design.