Shrikissoon featured as “Industry Person of the Week” by Empowering Pumps & Equipment
Water Resources Engineer Adriell Shrikissoon, PE, Assoc. DBIA, was featured as “Industry Person of the Week” by Empowering Pumps & Equipment, an information hub that connects those involved in industries working with pumps and related equipment, including water/wastewater, oil and gas, and utilities.
Adriell is a member of our Water/Wastewater Treatment and Transmission-Utilities team, based in the Tampa office. With more than 12 years of international experience, he leads water and wastewater distribution projects, including design and hydraulic evaluations for pump stations and force mains.
Read the full Q&A here. Here are some excerpts:
Empowering Pumps & Equipment: 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.
What advice would you give to someone considering this line of work or new to the field?
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.
Can you talk about a project you recently worked on?
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 tying 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.