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Civil Engineering Seminar Series bring together more than 200 students

The 7th edition of Civil Engineering Seminar Series included technical visits, lectures and networking.

The 7th edition of Civil Engineering Seminar Series (JEC) took place from 25th February to 1st March, and brought together professors, alumni, students and 15 companies. According to Raquel Carvalho, president of Fórum Civil, JEC’s main goal is “to ensure that the event meet the needs and expectations of the civil engineering community”. This edition included technical visits, workshops, panels and lectures, and a company fair.

“We tried to create a greater dynamism this year by bringing a larger number of companies to the event”, says the president of Fórum Civil. In this year’s edition the organisation team managed to bring 15 companies from different areas: construction, engineering design, integrated engineering management and materials.

“Technical visits take place at a very late stage of the course, so this is an activity that students like very much because they contact with engineering practice and consolidate the knowledge acquired in the classes”, says Raquel Carvalho. Three technical visits took place during JEC: Centro de Comando Operacional de Lisboa, Nova SBE residence hall and Arco do Cego parking.

Pedro Carvalho Costa, structural engineer at Foster+ Partners and Técnico alumnus, closed the 7th edition of JEC. “The tulip” – London’s new skyscraper that can reach 300 meters high – was the topic of the closing session. The Técnico alumnus talked about his academic journey and how he ended up working at the British architectural design and engineering firm. “During a lecture like this one, I decided to give my CV to the speaker. I was really surprised when they contacted me a few weeks later”, he recalled. Engineer Pedro Carvalho Costa gave some details of one of the great projects of the 21st century: The viewing galleries of the building will offer visitors an engaging experience with sky bridges and internal glass slides. “The construction of this building is highly confidential”, said the Técnico alumnus.

It is estimated that about 200 civil engineering students have attended the various activities of JEC throughout the week. ” We hope that this number continues to increase year after year”, said Raquel Carvalho, who also stressed that the importance of this event “is undoubtedly the opportunity for students to present themselves to companies, to understand the opportunities that awaits them, thus ending up at an advantage over those who do not have this opportunity”.