Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Amy Tran
Amy Tran

Meet Amy

Fourth Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil and Environmental Engineering

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Cliché, but engineering chose me. After I graduated from business at UQ, I didn’t feel complete. I knew I wanted to make a difference on this world but I didn’t know how. I chose engineering on a whim and decided to give it a try because growing up, I enjoyed maths and science. It was only when I became being actively involved with university extra curriculars, I became passionate about what I chased. It was two years into the degree at UQ Open Day that I knew engineering was the right path for me. I was inspired by the presentations and demonstrations on the day and how creative and innovative engineering is in shaping people’s lives and making the world a better place. From there, my leaders and mentors continue to inspire me in my engineering journey.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

I decided to study Civil Engineering with a major in Environmental Engineering because I have a passion for the environment, culture, design and innovation. Having travelled to various countries, I have always loved seeing the unique structural design of buildings and skylines, and how these designs are related and influenced by the culture, environment, community, and social aspect of that country. Each building design tell a unique story!

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

One thing I wished I knew about engineering is how diverse it is. To this day, if someone asks me what engineering is, I wouldn’t be able to give a definitive answer because it’s that diverse. Limitless opportunities and various career paths. You can be anything.

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

I chose The University of Queensland for three reasons: firstly, the sense of community UQ has – it’s very diverse, welcoming, and provides limitless opportunities. Secondly - UQ’s challenge to “create change” – we as UQ students are the future and the difference needed to drive innovation and creativity on the world. And lastly, the leading-edge resources and facilities provided to us, for the best hands-on learning experiences throughout our degree.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

My best tip for first-year engineering students is to be yourself. We are all unique and I think that’s beautiful – share your uniqueness with everyone.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

My favourite example of amazing engineering is everything we have in this world. The unique building designs, technology, food, art, the list goes on. Everything involves engineering.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

My dream job is to work globally and make a positive difference on the world. I would love to help enrich the lives of others through enhancing current resources, or creating resources for others through engineering and community engagement. Through my dream job, I wish to create a more humanitarian and advanced world.

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

To spread the importance of diversity and inclusion. I hope that by being myself and sharing my passion and enthusiasm for engineering, I am able to inspire others to be themselves and to consider a rewarding career in STEM.