High flying transportation specialist Andy McLoughlin’s decision to gain further qualifications and widen his professional horizons have led to a complete turnaround in his career.
Three years ago he took 12 months out to study towards a Masters in road management and engineering with the University of Birmingham to further his knowledge, and has since gone on to work for Atkins managing highway assets.
This autumn Andy joined the consultant Cardno IT Transport where he works on poverty alleviation and international development schemes in middle and low income countries. Andy has also recently become a Chartered Engineer through CIHT and is now a Fellow of the Institution. All things considered he is a good example of what can be achieved by aiming high.
During his year with the University of Birmingham Andy studied highway design, road safety, rural road development, asset management, construction management, road economics and financing and pavement engineering.
Birmingham awarded Andy its Jacob Kolbuszewski Prize for making an outstanding contribution to highway studies and this year he received recognition from the CIHT West Midlands branch which named him Young Professional of the Year.
Convenor of the University of Birmingham’s road management and engineering MSc is Dr Michael Burrow, a senior lecturer in the school of civil engineering. He said: “Andy was an exceptional student, achieving one of the highest overall average marks since the programme’s inception 50 years ago.
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