This month you can get to know our Principal Structural Engineer, Stephen Pavlinovich, located in our Perth head office in Western Australia. Stephen talks about his switch from architecture to structural engineering, his wife’s attempts at break dancing and his favourite philosophers.

What is your role at Engenium?

Principal Structural Engineer.

What are your areas of speciality and expertise?

Structural steel and concrete design for structures in the mining and mineral processing industry.

What projects are you currently working on?

Too many to mention. Large multi-discipline projects for the big mining companies and smaller projects that can take less than a week. Not to mention responding to the odd emergency.  Every day is different.

What do you enjoy about working at Engenium?

As Engenium has grown significantly over the past 18 months I have been fortunate enough to have contributed to the building of a structural team and I’m really happy with the results. We have a great group of people that I enjoy working with.

What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?

It was a spontaneous decision, but I don’t have any regrets.  After studying architecture for four years I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t for me.  At the time I was interested in large scale infrastructure such as high rise structures, elegant bridges and sports stadiums. So, I thought that structural engineering would be a good fit.   I made the change and stuck it out at university for another four years.   On finishing I immediately looked for work overseas. I worked on building sites in Singapore for the first three years of my engineering career and then spent time in Melbourne.  I have worked on many major projects since then and in that time I have learnt that enjoyment at work it is not about what you do but who you do it with.

What is something you love to do outside of your work life?

Outside of work you would find me watching my kids play sport, playing golf, playing the drums (badly), hoping for a Dockers win, planning my next holiday, as well as checking out new cafes and restaurants.

What makes you laugh?

My friends.  I’m lucky enough to still be in touch with friends from primary school.  They now live in various parts of the world and we normally pick a city to catch up once a year to watch footy and play golf.  My wife attempting break dancing is also funny.

Who is someone that inspires you?

No single person.  I am inspired by highly intelligent people that have the knack of explaining complicated subjects to regular people like me. My hope is that a slither of knowledge filters through.  Some of my favourite people whose books I like to read or watch include Daniel Dennett and Noam Chomsky.  Daniel Dennett is an American philosopher who takes a scientific approach to philosophy and talks about consciousness and free will. Noam Chomsky is a linguist, philosopher and political commentator who has an incredible memory for history.  I like to read books about physics from authors such as Richard Feynman and Richard Dawkins.  I read Richard Dawkins ‘The Selfish Gene’ in my early twenty’s, one of my favourite books.  I have read most his books since, he’s a great science writer.

What is your favourite quote?

I don’t remember quotes so, thanks to google and being a fan of both science and art, here’s one I like from a guy who had it all:

Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication,’ by Leonardo Da Vinci.