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Nick Parlantzas, Graduate Environmental Scientist, Atkins


Graduate Environmental Scientist

My Bio

What have been your key achievements since joining Atkins?

I’ve been involved in a number of diverse projects within my first year of the Graduate Development Programme (GDP), related to Flood Risk, Hydrology and Hydraulic Modeling. 

The most notable project I’ve been involved in since the first day of joining Atkins is the ‘A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme’. This scheme is one of the UK’s largest road projects and represents a significant investment in the region by both central and local government. The existing A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon is well known for congestions and major delays. Highways England tasked Atkins, as part of a Joint Venture, with carrying out the detailed design of improvement works to the existing A1 and A14, following the Development Consent Order (DCO) application.   

I’ve carried out a high number of tasks for this project, which included the hydrological assessment of over 200 proposed and existing structures, the hydraulic modeling of numerous watercourses and daily liaison with various teams to request inputs or provide outputs. I’ve also been supporting the contractor, by providing input for temporary works. This project has really challenged me due to the number of different disciplines and companies, which are involved in the detailed design and early construction. I successfully tackled a high number of difficult technical problems by utilising skills from my academic background and seeking guidance from experts within Atkins. Seeing the scheme at the early stages of construction offers a great sense of personal satisfaction, knowing that I’ve contributed towards providing the client with desired results.

What attracted you to Atkins?

After graduating with a MEng in Surveying Engineering and a MSc in Hydrology and Water Resources Management, my career aspiration was to join a global company that would allow me to be involved in a variety of exciting projects related to civil engineering and environmental issues. Atkins fit that profile by offering a range of work opportunities throughout the business. 

Atkins also offers great support to Graduates working towards chartership, which allowed me to become a Graduate Member of both the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Perhaps the greatest benefit of working for Atkins is the opportunity to work in teams of key experts in the industry and take on increasing responsibilities from this early stage of my career.

What other activities have you been involved with?

Apart from my technical role in the Flood Risk and Coastal Management team, I undertook the role of the social coordinator for my home office. This role allowed me to meet colleagues from different business units and more experienced than me; an invaluable experience for a Graduate. I’m also the coordinator for my home office’s football team. Since taking up this role, I managed to secure funding for our sports club and attract more interest from colleagues in joining the team.

I’m also an active member of CIWEM and ICE, attending various local events and workshops, which allowed me to meet other young Graduates and more experienced colleagues from the industry. 

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