In addition to his role as Deputy Director of DTA Energy, Vlad is Senior Research Lecturer in BIM & Energy Reduction in Built Environment at Teesside University.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
In my job I work on a number of large scale international research and innovation projects in energy related areas. Currently, I am managing participation of Teesside University in projects worth over £30 million. Such projects involve collaborative working with colleagues from different countries around the world. Opportunity to experience a variety of working cultures, lifestyles, languages, travel to project meetings and see new places, try unusual new dishes and network with diverse occupations, from industry through academia to policy makers, while at the same time working together to solve the most pressing energy problems of our society and trying to make a difference, presents the most rewarding part of my job.
And the most challenging?
I am not good at reading people, i.e. what people feel and what they think unless they openly say so. Often I am puzzled by some developments which may look perfectly logical to those with better intuition.
What would you be doing if you hadn’t decided to follow this career path?
When I was young and our school teacher asked us to draw what we want to be when we grow up, I drew an airplane. So, perhaps I would have been a pilot, as I also like to travel and flying is something that always fascinated me. Even now I sometimes think about taking flying lessons but never find enough time to do it.
How do you relax when you’re not at work?
I enjoy watching Star Trek, Big Bang Theory or trying to solve mysteries with Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes.
What’s your favourite blog?
No time to follow blogs, but I remember accidentally stumbling across a remarkable record of everyday thoughts from a professor from one of the US universities. I hope one day I will have time to write about my experiences of living in different cultures throughout my career – Serbia, USA, Austria, UK…
Given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
An astronaut. I would like to visit space and have a look from above.