- Age: 31
- Nationality: Costa Rican
- Family: Wife and one daughter
- First job: Superintendent with Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors
- Current job: Senior Civil Engineer at APM Terminals Moin
- Interests: Family, surfing and staying busy
A decade after first hearing about its possible construction, and subsequently betting his education and career on the possibility, Rodrigo Arrea is right where he always wanted to be – and well aware of the odds he overcame.
“Ten years ago, everyone thought I was really nuts to go for a Master’s degree in coastal and marine engineering. Not only was there no construction happening on our coasts, there wasn’t even an education for it,” laughs 31-year old Arrea, Senior Civil Engineer at APM Terminals Moin, the company’s USD 1 billion project in Costa Rica.
His fascination with how things are made began as a boy growing up in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, he says. Both his father and grandfather were engineers and he was always interested in their work. As a young man, he was interested in mechanical engineering but later on he shifted to civil engineering because of its link to construction.
Soon after graduating with his degree in civil engineering, Arrea heard rumours of plans for a new port. “Right then I decided I wanted to be a part of it, but I also thought it would probably get built while I was in school,” he recalls.