Internship Spotlight: Q&A Mohannad Shaker Aldamanhouri

A man stands on a bridge during a snowy day. He is holding a rope and wearing a reflective vest.
Mohannad Shaker Aldamanhouri completing fieldwork on the T’Railway Bridge in North River.

Mohannad Shaker Aldamanhouri is the Mitacs Sustainability Intern with CCNL’s Rural Asset Management in a Changing Climate Project. Mohannad is collaborating with the Towns of Brigus, Clarke’s Beach, Cupids, and South River to develop strategies for stormwater management. 

Mohannad has a background in civil engineering and project management. He holds a BSc in Civil Engineering, a certificate in Construction Project Management, and a Project Management Professional degree. He worked as a site engineer in Qatar before moving to Newfoundland. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental System Engineering and Management from Memorial University.

 Describe your internship with CCNL. What are you working on?

I’m working on watershed modeling and analysis for the Towns of Brigus, Clarke’s Beach, Cupids, and South River. My main responsibility is to work on a stormwater management model using a software program called PCSWMM. I’m assisting these communities in determining how to manage their infrastructure based on available municipal assets. Data collection, GIS application, Hydrology, and Hydraulic modeling are all part of the project.

Have you learned any new skills?

I have gained many skills, the first of which is undoubtedly teamwork. My internship experience is unlike any other college project I’ve done. I have collaborated with my supervisor, colleagues and community partners to develop a stormwater management model.

A man stands with a measuring tape on a rocky beach with a bridge and flowing water to the right.
Mohannad completing fieldwork in South River.

Has anything surprised you about this project?

Prior to my internship, I had little knowledge of the PCSWMM software. Because it is an integration of many models, it is very versatile. Using this software, I can design water supply, drainage and green infrastructure, floodplain delineation, overflow mitigation, water quality and integrated catchment analysis, one and two-dimensional modeling, and much more. It is easy and simple to learn and grows with me as my confidence grows.

What has been your favourite part of this internship?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with motivated and smart people. I’m having a good time and I’m likely to choose a similarly positive work culture in the next stage of my career.

What are your future career goals? Has your internship experience influenced the work you would like to do in the future?

In five years, I hope to be a true project manager in charge of various construction projects. I believe my internship provided me with new skills and, more importantly, first-hand exposure to a real Canadian experience, which will be extremely useful in determining my future career.

Learn more about CCNL’s Internship Program here. Conservation Corps NL offers a variety of internship experiences and partnership opportunities in the fields of cultural and environmental conservation.

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