Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Amy Tran
Amy Tran
Meet Amy Tran

What do you study?

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil & Environmental

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Growing up I loved maths and physics. I’ve always had engineering in the back of my mind as a career option after graduating from high school, however, I did not push myself further into pursuing it or exploring the opportunities available in engineering, especially for a diverse female. What I did know at the time was that, I’ve wanted to work on a global basis. So I decided to study business management at UQ, as I felt there was more opportunity there. I studied part time and did full time work during this period and was never really involved with uni extra-curricular activities. Although, I did travel a lot and grew and noticed a lot of my photos from my trips were of structures and natures. After I graduated from business at UQ, I didn’t feel complete. I thought it’s either now or never with engineering, but, I didn’t go in feeling 100% about it. I told myself I would spend my first two years exploring and better understanding what engineering is. I became actively involved at UQ and with engineering. It was UQ Open Day 2019, that left me with teary eyes knowing that engineering was the path for me. I was a tour guide on the day for the EAIT faculty, and UQ had all of the engineering disciplines out on display, as well as access to engineering laboratories. I was in awe of the projects, innovation, and uniqueness of each display and how it has shaped our lives, and the world for the better. This day truly gave me a real insight on what engineering is and the limitless opportunities and possibilities available in engineering. I knew then that it was something I wish to be a part of and something I wanted to do.

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying?

I chose civil and environmental engineering because I have a passion for the environment, culture, design, and innovation. Having travelled to various countries, I love seeing the unique structural design of buildings/ designs and how that relates to the culture, environment, community, and social aspect of that country. I find it very interesting, and wish to partake in future projects and innovations that allows me to experience the above.

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

One major thing that I wish I knew about engineering was that diversity can thrive in engineering and it shouldn’t be a limiting factor If anything, it is a power factor. Furthermore, I wish I knew what engineering is, and where it can take us.

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

So many factors contributed to this! From the good balance between student life on campus, friends, and studying; the resources and facilities UQ has to offer for engineering students; the flexible first year of taking electives in different types of engineering disciplines; the assistance in employability (UQ is number one for employability) and opportunities at UQ; all expenses paid for study tours, global exchanges; the helpfulness of tutors, lecturers, and fellow peers; a good balance between practical work, real world application, and theory; and also the culture and community at UQ.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

You are not alone. Whether it be feeling like you have imposter syndrome, you are struggling with the work load, or you are struggling personally. Whatever you are feeling and whatever the issue may be, you are not alone, and it is okay. There is support and help everywhere on campus for you. Do not be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

I don’t really have a favourite example of amazing engineering. Everything is my favourite example as all of them are unique, different, and special in their own way. I find it really interesting how there is engineering in everything in our everyday lives. Eg, the shape of Pringles, taking a perfect photo, art, medicine, machinery etc.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I’ve always wanted help others on a global scale. I would love to work internationally and help enrich the lives of others through enhancing current resources, or creating resources for others through engineering. Through this, I am able to explore and understand the importance of the following factors: culture, community, social, and environment, and it’s influences on the project. I also wish to expose young females around the world to engineering/ STEM, what it is, and what they can achieve with a career in STEM/ engineering. Through my dream job, I wish to create a more humanitarian world.

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

What I hope to achieve as a WE student leader is to share my hope, passion, inspiration, “relatableness”, understanding, happiness, and knowledge to others. I also hope that other students see what engineering truly is, and the opportunities and possibilities made available in engineering. In saying this I hope to encourage students a future career in STEM/ engineering.