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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonOur alumni

Edgar Peter-Dabbi MSc ECE, 2013

Senior Coastal and Marine Engineer

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I’ve had the opportunity of being involved in exciting and challenging projects, both locally and abroad.

Why did you choose to study MSc Engineering in the Coastal Environment at Southampton? Was it a good choice?

I chose to study MSc ECE at Southampton because the modules offered were relevant to my interests and career plans. I believe it was a good choice because the knowledge and skills gained have been applicable in my current job. Also, as far as I’m aware there is no such taught course being offered in my home country.

What were the best things about studying your course at Southampton?

Too many to name – but I enjoyed making new friends, exploring the city and campus life in Highfield, going on ECE field trips and boat works (i.e. Isle of Wight, Southampton Waters), learning in class and simply enjoying the view of docking vessels and cruise liners at the NOCS canteen. Oh, did I mention there’s too many to name?

What was/ has been your standout highlight during the course?

Establishing good relationships with the teaching staff and classmates.

Any career highlights?

I’ve had the opportunity of being involved in exciting and challenging projects, both locally and abroad – from port and mooring vessel studies to sediment spill and effluent dispersion assessment.

What do you want to do in the future? What was your career path following graduation from your course?

Upon graduation, I joined a global consulting firm dealing with numerical modelling and engineering for solving problems in the marine and coastal environment.

What advice would you give to students hoping to follow in your footsteps?

Always continue to learn because the journey does not end upon graduation. I’m still picking up new knowledge and learning how to improve the way I do things each day at my current workplace.

Also, I’d like to echo the same advice given to me by my project supervisor, A.P. Dr Ivan Haigh on the importance of writing and basic programming in consulting. One can acquire and hone these skills from the ECE course, which is also why I highly recommend it for future prospective students.

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