Stefi is a subsea riser engineer at BP.
Name & Professional Registration
Stefi Hooft van Huysduynen
IMarEST Membership Status (Student, Affiliate, Associate, Member or Fellow?)
Associate Member AMIMarEST - currently working on obtaining Chartered status
Role and organisation
Subsea Riser Engineer, BP
Summarise what you do in one sentence
Manage engineering studies, research projects, and provide specialist technical advice on riser systems engineering to project and operational teams.
Which organisations have you worked for previously?
Describe a typical workday
An office day would involve having several meetings with the BP team, as well as with our installation contractor and suppliers. When I am not in meetings, I review reports and procedures. When I am offshore I attend all the vessel calls, and witness overboarding activities, as well as ROV operations. As the BP representative, I ensure procedures are followed in a safe manner and if there is a need to deviate from the procedure, I review the proposed change.
Describe your academic/training history
Civil Engineering Bsc and Offshore Engineering MSc at Delft University (The Netherlands)
What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
A good “engineering judgement”, which for me mainly means that when something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t! As I work with many different companies and am the client, excellent communication skills and persistence are required.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The variety and responsibility. My job is very diverse as sometimes I am in the office and mainly interface with BP people, but on other days I am offshore or on a construction site. Because I am the client, I need to make sure that I review proposals and procedures properly and seek advice if I don’t feel confident I am the right person to make a decision. The best thing about my role is that we physically build and install large structures, which gives a great sense of satisfaction when the job is finished!
What challenges have you had to overcome?
As a young engineer, it is sometimes harder to get your opinion heard and to be taken seriously. On the other hand, being the only young female in most work situations, does help to stand out and not be ignored.
Describe a typical career path to your current role. How does this differ to your career path?
I reckon on a typical career path, you do the same job for many years before you’re observed or deemed competent enough to take responsibilities. In my role, I had to manage contractors from day one and I think in the future the amount of money and people I will manage will be greater than for “typical” jobs.
How has being a member of the IMarEST helped you in your career?
A highly respected colleague at BP is very active within the Institute and encourage me to join. It was also useful as there is a big push to get Chartered in many companies these days and IMarEST was the relevant Institute to help me achieve this. It is also interesting to keep up to date with what is going on in other parts of the marine industry.
Which professional journals and organisations help you keep up to date with industry news?
I mainly read PennWell’s Offshore magazine, as it gives a great overview of what other oil companies are doing, where oil is discovered and about new technologies in the subsea sector.
Give us an interesting fact about you!
None of my family or friends were engineers when I was growing up, and I only decided to become an engineer myself because I really liked maths and physics. So you can say I am the first engineer I met!