Four students from IIT University in Mumbai were awarded a Happold Student Scholarship which included an eight week summer placement at BuroHappold’s Mumbai office.
Supported by the Happold Foundation, the internships are an invaluable addition to an aspiring young engineer’s journey, providing a chance to experience first hand what it’s like to work on real life projects. This is the first year that The Happold Foundation has worked with Buro Happold’s Mumbai office and India Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) to offer this scholarship to engineering students, and we are delighted that it was a very positive experience for everyone involved.
The four students from IITB – Vivek Turkar, Abu Shair, Ajinkya Shisode and Ashwin Wagh – were placed with BuroHappold teams specialising in the area that they want to work in after their studies. The students were each given tasks on current, high profile projects, giving them the chance to really put their theoretical knowledge into practice.
Vivek Turkar worked with the Structural Engineering team on the Piramal Vaikunth development. His role involved carrying assessments for the concrete design, with tasks ranging from undertaking calculations by hand to using advanced software such as Grasshopper and Rhino. Vivek said “[The internship] was a great learning experience for me and really helped me to develop my personal and professional skills. It helped me to understand how this industry works and how a particular project goes through different stages.”
Abu Shahir also worked with BuroHappold’s structural engineering team on the Piramal Vaikunth development. He was involved with the structural design of the towers, primarily the floors, as well as carrying out other tasks including attending design presentations and using specialist software. Abu described his time at BuroHappold as “A wonderful experience that provided great insight into various methods and practices.”
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The Piramal Vaikunth development in Mumbai, India
Working as part of the building services team for the D.Y Patil Hospital project, Ajinkya Shisode was tasked with carrying out cooling load calculations on the Hourly Analysis Program (HAP). As part of this work he created a room data sheet for the entire project. Along the way Ajinkya discovered the Mouse Controller software, a programme that drastically reduces time taken in imputing data as well as minimising errors.
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D.Y Patil Hospital, Mumbai, India
Ashwin Wagh was given the task of performing fault studies using Amtech ProDesign, an electrical design software programme, for the Lodha Gamma and Aranay projects. He was also assigned to do lighting calculations using DIALux for Clariant and other projects. Ashwin said, “I can honestly say that my time at BuroHappold Mumbai resulted in one of the best summers of my life. Not only did I gain practical skills but I also had the opportunity to meet many fantastic people.”
Aditya Karve, senior structural engineer at BuroHappold, said “The interns showed fantastic core skills in engineering and showed real potential for their careers. We’re looking forward to working with all of them again in the future.”