Our Industry Person of the Week is Adriell Shrikissoon, P.E., Assoc. DBIA. Adriell is an Engineer V at Freese and Nichols.
Q: How did you get started working in your field?
Adriell: My first internship was with the City of Tampa Wastewater Planning Department. Got familiar visiting over 100+ lift stations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Enjoyed working with the flow crew to perform drawdown tests, collect data loggers, install flow meters for gravity and pressure system.
Q: What do you love the most about your job? What are you most proud of?
Adriell: Pretty universal, clean water and sanitation is needed all around the world. I was able to travel to American Samoa (small American territory island in the Pacific) for 2 years. Smaller regions, you really get to see the immediate impacts. We were able to help provide and improve the territory’s sanitary sewer system and allow EPA to lift restrictions to some of the beaches. Also got to travel to New Zealand for 5 years where I got to work on some very interesting projects including mining iron ore from New Zealand’s black sand.
Q: What advice would you give to someone considering this line of work or new to the field?
Adriell: Follow your heart, if you have a passion for pipes and pumps or helping the environment in general, it’s a really rewarding industry that has a need for a lot of good talent.
Q: Can you talk about a project you recently worked on?
Adriell: Recently I was able to reach out to an owner for a pump station that I designed. Got lots of kudos for the design. There were some complicated hydraulics for a long force main and a high pressure network we were trying into. The project involved the demo of an existing package plant and installation of a new manhole at the old pump station, a new wet well, new pumps and upgrades to the old electrical transformer. Lots of challenges along the way, but very rewarding to know the pumps are up and running well.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
Adriell: Excited to support this community and have empowering discussions with likey minded folks!
Connect with Adriell Shrikissoon on LinkedIn.
THANK YOU, ADRIELL! WE LOOK FORWARD TO KEEPING UP WITH YOU THROUGH THE #PUMPTALK COMMUNITY!
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