Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Aaron Coox
Aaron Coox
Meet Aaron Coox

What do you study?

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

I’ve always been fascinated by technology and love figuring out how things work internally, so engineering was a natural choice for me. As a kid, the moment I discovered how to search for anything on Google it became impossible to tear me away from my screen. Since then, studying engineering has allowed me to travel around the world and have incredible experiences, and I haven’t even graduated yet!

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying?

Technology has an incredible impact on our lives and can be used for so many things. Being able to understand and work with that much potential made computer/electrical engineering particularly interesting for me. I chose this over software engineering to learn about hardware as well.

What is one thing about university or engineering that you wished you knew earlier?

The University of Queensland offers a lot of different degrees, especially related to software (software engineering, computer engineering, computer science, IT, etc) and I had a hard time figuring out which one was right for me. Since then, I’ve found out that a lot of these degrees have fairly common program requirements, so the differences aren’t as big as I thought.

What made you pick engineering at the University of Queensland over other universities?

UQ offers access to a lot of world class equipment that is absolutely essential to learn electrical engineering. UQ also has a good mix of theoretical and practical classes by mixing lectures, practicals, and tutorial sessions for each course.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

You’re not expected to fully understand what your chosen discipline involves, and most people don’t. First year lets you try out different subjects and has some team projects require multiple disciplines, so don’t be afraid to try a few and find what resonates with you.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I’d love to start at one of the global tech leaders (Google, Amazon, etc) because it’ll give me great experience working on large projects. From there I’ll decide whether I’d prefer to work for a start-up or move up within the company.

What do you hope to achieve as a WE student leader?

I’ve met a lot of people that would have really enjoyed engineering but never considered it because of the many misconceptions and stereotypes about it. I love studying engineering so hopefully I’ll be able to give high-schoolers a better idea of what engineering is really about and motivate them to join us!