Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Emma Godbold
Emma Godbold
Meet Emma Godbold

What do you study

Dual degree in chemical engineering and mathematics

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Throughout high school, my favourite classes were maths and science. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the STEM field; however, I couldn’t decide which career pathway to take. After a lot of reading and researching, I tried to figure out exactly why I enjoyed maths and science and decided that I liked to solve problems and so decided that I would pursue engineering and mathematics.

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying?

Over the past year I have pretty much considered studying almost every engineering discipline. After sitting down with a couple of students in later years of study, I was told to try and imagine myself working as each type of engineer. I have currently decided on studying chemical engineering as I like that it is one of the broadest areas of engineering and that I will not be confined to any specific area throughout my career.

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

I wish that I knew how different university assessments are to high school assessments. I wish I knew that it was ok to get things wrong sometimes, and not to stress about a couple of lost marks here and there.

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

I was very impressed by UQ’s campus and facilities, and their ranking as one of the top 50 universities in Australia.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Get involved in things outside of study!! Come along to society events, join a sports team or just have a chat to some new people in the First Year Learning Centre. You’ll meet heaps of really interesting people, and I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

Sending humans to the moon with less computer power that a phone!!

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I am particularly interested in the possibility of nuclear power in Australia and I hope to one day help integrate this clean form of energy into Australia’s base load power supply.

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

Coming from an all-girls school, I am extremely passionate about promoting engineering as a future pathway for young women. As a WE student leader I hope to be a positive role model for young girls, especially those who may not have received a lot of encouragement or support from teachers, family and friends throughout their teenage years. I hope to inspire them and give them the courage they need to pursue an engineering career.