Thomas Prospert
Laureate 2013
Thomas Prospert

In the beginning, Thomas Prospert wanted to become an architect. “I have always liked architecture and I was good in maths, chemistry and physics. I wanted to combine those interests in architecture studies”, he says. But when he informed himself after having graduated at high school, he discovered the profession of civil engineer. “It’s a diversified profession”, he explains. After his studies in Zurich and London, he worked for a while in New York before returning to London. “Engineers are appreciated in the City -  and not exclusively in the financial sector.” He never regretted his choice: “I was very surprised about the numerous possibilities.” As a structural engineer, he now collaborates to build sky scrapers and advises owners of big infrastructures as a consultant.

His cousin that had participated the previous year told him about the “Prix d’excellence”. “It’s a fantastic initiative”, he remembers. For him it’s important to promote engineering, because especially in Luxembourg many people don’t really know the profession and its possibilities. “Promotion is very important, even more so that other domains also get promoted”, Prospert believes. Personally, he sees the award as a recognition for a good thesis. “I’m sure the winners are all a little bit proud”, he says. He didn’t spend the money but put it aside. “Engineers are risk-averse people”, he jokes.