We would like to welcome one of our newest additions to the team, Lama Khalifa. Lama has recently joined the Brisbane office as an Associate Hydraulic and Fire Services Engineer, and we are excited to have her on board.

We asked Lama a few questions to help you get to know her better.

What has been your favourite project you have worked on throughout your career so far?

My favourite project has been a 34-storey iconic commercial building located in the Brisbane CBD at 180 Ann Street. The site is located in the railway easement and this presented spatial constraints for the services in general. I worked on the services coordination part during construction and it was challenging and a big learning curve for me. Now I am fortunate enough to get to enjoy having lunches in the beautiful, well hydraulically engineered food court.

Why did you decide to join Umow Lai?

I was looking for a new challenge and was ready to take the next step forward in my career. Umow Lai has good reputation in the industry and I’m grateful to be a part of the team.

Why did you choose to specialise in Hydraulics and Fire Services Engineering?

Well it was really a series of serendipitous events that led me here… I did five hydraulic subjects at university and I did enjoy them, then I completed my postgraduate studies in environmental engineering and the course focus was on waste and waste water networks.

My first job as a graduate was working on a feasibility study for rehabilitation on the water network in a major city, Damascus, which is the capital of the Syrian Arab Republic. After moving to Australia, I obtained employment as a civil engineer with a focus on stormwater. Shortly afterwards, I started working in building services.

What keeps me interested and passionate about my career is my belief that access to clean water and disposal of sewerage in a hygienic way are key requirements for building and sustaining a healthy community.

If you weren’t an engineer, what profession do you think you would you be in?

I think I would be a pilot or a Neuroscientist, I love flying and I’m fascinated with everything about the brain.

What is your favourite part about being a consultant?

Definitely the variety. I have been fortunate enough to work on a broad range of prestigious and complex projects. What I find exciting about every project is that there is always a new challenge or problem that requires my skills and experience to solve. I really enjoy the variety my current role provides on a day to day basis.

Tell us a little bit more about yourself.

I write my name as Lama, but it should be pronounced same way the word Hammer pronounced in Australian accent, “Lammer”! I love travelling, flying and exercising. I love trying new things and I like to joke that my hobby is finding new hobbies – ha! I even joined a circus school once and I loved climbing silk.  I really enjoy Jazz and classical music and I’ve grown very fond of the Queensland sky and sunshine.