Karolina Athanasopoulou

Karolina Athanasopoulou, P.E., PMP

Manager
Construction Consulting
Oakland
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Ms. Athanasopoulou has over ten years of experience in program management, design, and execution of heavy civil, marine, and infrastructure projects. She has worked with multinational firms in Europe and the Middle East on the delivery of remarkable large-scale infrastructure projects.

Working in a fast-paced environment, Ms. Athanasopoulou has led large utility programs and offers a breadth of knowledge in project and program management, project controls, change management process improvement, risk assessment, and financial planning. With comprehensive knowledge of project lifecycle and organizational processes, she has been involved in all stages of projects, from feasibility studies to closeout. She has successfully established Project Management Offices to drive project execution and achieve efficiencies on program and portfolio levels for utility clients.

Her experience as an Exponent consultant includes program and project management as well as project controls. Ms. Athanasopoulou oversees and leads a large electric transmission interconnection and fiber relocation program ($300M) and is responsible for successful program execution. She manages a project team, leads coordination with external program stakeholders, and is responsible for the program’s overall financial performance and project delivery. She has developed process improvements that help clients and Exponent’s team streamline existing process workflows, monitor governance compliance, and promote quality assurance and metrics visibility using automated tracking and reporting tools. She has developed standards and reports to assist stakeholders and portfolio managers in financial planning and risk assessment, and to provide support and training to the project team.

Ms. Athanasopoulou has been involved in multiple proactive advisory services, which include identifying and establishing key metrics for executive-level reporting, cost analysis, data management, and data visualizations. She has assisted clients to design and build platforms for data centralization to facilitate project reporting and project monitoring. Ms. Athanasopoulou has also led the project controls teams of large capital infrastructure programs, such as the Electrification of Caltrain and the California High Speed Rail interconnection project. She has experience in planning and execution as well as development and management of the budget and resource-loaded schedules.

Prior to Exponent, Ms. Athanasopoulou was in leadership roles managing conceptual and detailed designs of various structures including ports and terminals, power generation stations, and bridges. She worked in the Marine and Infrastructure team of Worley in Dubai as a senior structural engineer, leading the structural design of numerous projects in Saudi Arabia and was a member of the PMC (Project Management Consultant) team providing advisory services for terminal projects in Oman. Ms. Athanasopoulou has also worked for Archirodon Construction in Dubai in the project controls team for offshore terminals projects. There, she prepared multi-year budgets and resource-load forecasts, developed earned value calculations and KPIs, drafted monthly invoices to clients, and reviewed technical bid evaluations. She has also worked on the design of Dubai’s port expansion project for tendering purposes. While working at Arteliagroup in Dubai, Ms. Athanasopoulou led the design coordination of a mega water retaining and power generation station and served as the key point of contact coordinating and managing subcontractors. She evaluated bids and provided recommendations for contract award and supported the client team during construction and project closeout.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • M.Eng., Structural Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2007
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Civil, California, #91376

Project Management Professional (PMP)

LANGUAGES

  • Greek
  • French

Publications

Presentations

Athanasopoulou K., LaDelfa S., Patterson H. How to Efficiently Manage Cross-Departmental Projects, Western Winter Workshop, Indian Wells, CA

Athanasopoulou K., Bomba S., El Didi L. Data Analytics to Drive Reporting Insights for Timely Decisions and Improved Business Performance, Western Winter Workshop, Lake Tahoe, CA

Athanasopoulou K. Takt Time Planning. P2SL Annual Conference, Berkeley, CA

Prior Experience

Senior Structural Engineer, Worley, Dubai, U.A.E.

Project Controls Engineer, Archirodon Construction, Dubai, U.A.E.

Structural Engineer, Arteliagroup, Dubai, U.A.E.

Structural Engineer, Denco Engineering Consultants, Athens, Greece

Professional Affiliations

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering - AACE (SF Section board member)

Institution of Structural Engineers, UK (member)

Project Experience

Utility Electric Transmission PMO – Data Management and Performance Metrics Lead

Leads data management and metrics reporting for Project Management Office under Electric Transmission Operations. Assists in design of data aggregation tool and reports to facilitate financial and scheduling reporting, user interaction, and data entry. The tool connects to financial and schedule databases to provide real-time data and analytics to assist program managers and leadership in making data-driven decisions.

Utility Electric Transmission Programs – Program Lead

Managed large electric transmission line interconnection programs. Managed project team consisting of eight project managers and several program-level team members. Produced monthly executive-level reporting showing key metrics’ performance that assisted in overall program oversight. Developed financial forecasting model and schedule health assessment tool to improve KPIs and project closeout. Streamlined existing processes and developed tracking tools to monitor contract management, invoicing, project schedule progress, financial performance, and governance. Successfully improved order management processes and established monthly review process to ensure compliance.

Utility Transmission Fiber Relocation Program – Program Lead

Managed the transmission scope of fiber relocation program. Set up program and project management office in conjunction with IT Department. Restructured processes to ensure compliance with Electric Project Delivery governance and funding. Led project management team and coordination with Contracts group, Engineering, Land, and Environmental. Successful delivery of safety-critical, high-profile fiber removal and replacement projects under budget, within compressed schedules, and with constrained resources.

Utility State Infrastructure Program – Program Controls Lead

Led project controls team of large capital infrastructure programs, High-Speed Rail and Caltrain Electrification. Prepared monthly financial decks and dashboards, reviewed invoices, and identified and advised project team of risks and risk mitigations in financials, schedule, and performance.

Utility Electric Transmission Program – Project Manager and Controls Analyst

Managed several electric transmission interconnection and relocation projects from planning to execution and developed financial forecasting, project schedules, and project status reports. Provided project and program control services, monitored monthly project and program level status updates, contract spend, and KPI reports. Analyzed budget and schedule variances and communicated and escalated risks to clients and management.

Worley, Dubai, U.A.E. – Senior Structural Engineer

Lead design engineer for various marine and infrastructure structures, such as pumping stations, piled seawater intakes, and outfalls of Jazan refinery in Saudi Arabia. As a member of the PMC (Project Management Consultant) team, prepared various proposals, budgets, and engineering schedules. Interfaced with client, advising on engineering and execution solutions throughout construction.

Archirodon Construction, Dubai, U.A.E. – Project Controls Engineer

Responsible for weekly and monthly progress reporting, review of the project contract and change orders, development of KPIs, preparation of quarterly budgets and invoicing (IGD-E1 Das Island joint-venture contract amount $485 million).

Arteliagroup, Dubai, U.A.E. – Structural Engineer

Coordination and oversight of structural sub-consultant on power generation station project. Responsible for structural detailed design of several marine structures, overpasses, underpasses, and retaining walls and bridges with precast beams. Coordinated bid evaluation process.

Denco Engineering Consultants, Athens, Greece – Structural Engineer

Technical advisory services for the design of bridges, overpasses, and underpasses. Managed and supervised construction of private residential buildings. Coordination and supervision of trades and client interface.

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • M.Eng., Structural Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2007
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece, 2007

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, Civil, California, #91376

Project Management Professional (PMP)

LANGUAGES

  • Greek
  • French