A student’s ambition can take him far in college and career but it’s the dedicated professor who inspires him. As Nikos Kazantzakis said so eloquently, “Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”

Luckily we have these encouraging students venturing off after college and taking part of some of the most exciting and astonishing structural projects around the world. Maciej Lemanowicz, a recent Masters graduate from Poznan University of Technology didn’t know the path he wanted to take. He knew he had a passion for technology and interest in engineering but didn’t fully understand all the different roles played within engineering. He started out as an Environmental Engineer student, but quickly transferred to Civil Engineering after a year of having found a special interest in structural engineering projects. It was his professor, who introduced him to another side of engineering.

“I became fascinated by the organizational aspects of construction projects,” Maciej says. “I found myself often asking how all these parties involved in big projects manage to successfully bring them to completion?” Surely most of us at one time or another asked a very similar question. 

Once he convened the following year and started diving more and more into his studies he became immersed in the technology and processes used within the construction industry,   especially Building Information Modeling. During a course on BIM, one of Maciej’s professors gave a lecture on Tekla Structures, showing connections between the architecture model, the structural model and then the data flow through the construction process.

“This is when I began to understand the communication challenges but I also began to understand the importance of a fully detailed model. Tekla Structures helped me to see the project come to life virtually,” Maciej continues. 

This budding student continues to test the industry and learn. For his Master Thesis Maciej chose to dive into the topic of BIM in support of Civil & Structural engineering, simply naming it “BIM as a future standard for Structural & Civil Engineers”. Graduated  a Master of Science in Engineering in the field of Civil Engineering, with a 4.81 GPA, he specialized in Structural Engineering, Maciej is now starting his career successfully.   

His recommendation for future students: “Find what you like the most about the business, hold onto it and try to build your career on it. Use every opportunity that makes your work bigger and more interesting. This right approach will let you overcome difficulties more than anything else.”

Students can start to build their career right now: Download and learn Tekla Structures, free 3D modeling software, today.