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Meet Sasa Popovic

Serbian-born structural engineer Sasa is Director of Structures at WME, and has been with us since September 2014. His specialist subject is seismic engineering, which was the focus of his post graduate research — although it was a fascination with bridge design that led him to study structural engineering.

Sasa Popovic lived and worked in Canada for 12 years, and the UK for 8 years, before moving to the UAE.

“Times were tough in Serbia, and I went to where the projects were — Canada. Vancouver is on the Pacific Rim, in a seismic zone. It was a good engineering environment.”

He worked for a local multidisciplinary company and achieved Structural Professional Engineer designation. The work included engineering for airports and retail developments, and seismic retrofits to older buildings, as well as water retaining structures and his first interest, bridges. However, he decided to move on. He took his family to the UK, where is children would complete their education.

“I had a good time in Canada but wanderlust hit and we went to Birmingham, where I worked for two large practices on projects around the globe.”

While he was in Canada, a friend had sent him a picture of Dubai. He was bowled over by the fact that 15% of world’s cranes at the time were employed here. The potential for working on one-off large scale projects also attracted him. He found WME through work colleagues.

“I wanted to do engineering again, rather than management. Here in Dubai, it’s very dynamic, demanding and exciting — I am still learning. And I like the multi-cultural environment at WME.”

WME appreciates him too! His seismic expertise is invaluable, and his flexibility of approach suits the company’s way of working, taking on a wide range of types of structures.

“This approach lets you tackle new things: if something unique comes along, you can try it.”