Geotechnical engineering is as much art as science, and requires the combination of technical knowledge and experience to achieve safe, buildable and affordable solutions.
Harriet Kirk joined MASS in July 2017 as a Geotechnical Engineer through Engineers Without Borders UK. She provides geotechnical design and construction expertise on MASS’s projects throughout East Africa, including Ruhehe Primary School, One Acre Fund Phase II and the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture. She aims to improve the team’s understanding of geotechnical engineering and ground-based risk. Harriet also takes a leading role in improving site safety for projects during the construction phase.
Before joining MASS, Harriet worked for UK-based consultancies Ramboll and Atkins. She specialized in geotechnical design and construction supervision for onshore and offshore infrastructure projects, including foundation design for several offshore wind farms and remediation schemes for roads destabilized by landslides.
Harriet graduated from Imperial College London in 2009 with a first class Masters of Engineering degree. She became a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2014, and a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineers Rwanda in 2018.