Peter Graduated with a MSc in Water Resources Engineering Management in 1997 and now is responsible for AECOM's Water Business Line in Scotland and the Water Technical Practice Area Lead across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Can you tell us about your current job?
I currently have responsibility for a Business Unit operating in Scotland, employing circa 80 people delivering a wide variety of water related projects, from Flood Risk Management programmes in the Middle East to Pumping Stations in East Kilbride, Asset Management in the Central Belt to Sydney. My role has a large element of business management, but also a technical side, working in Flood Risk and Surface Water Management.
Make sure you don't sit back and let the opportunity pass by.
What was your experience of doing a postgraduate degree at Heriot-Watt University?
My MSc provided me with the opportunity to seriously consider everything that I had learned as an under graduate and focus on the aspects of engineering that I enjoy, whilst also getting a better understanding of some technological aspects of water management.
Do you think your Heriot-Watt postgraduate experience gave you an edge in your chosen field and why?
Taking the opportunity to explore more of a speciality provided me with a solid background and being able to choose the right position for my career to start, I started work during the tail of a recession and appreciate that my career has relied on a degree of luck, some good decisions, but also a solid background.
What advice would you give to a postgraduate student considering embarking on their studies at Heriot-Watt?
Make sure you don't sit back and let the opportunity pass by, the world of engineering is moving at an ever increasing pace and this is your opportunity to get on, get involved and take it in the right direction.