Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Emma Godbold
Emma Godbold

Meet Emma

Third Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Chemical, Bachelor of Mathematics

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

When I was in high school, I always loved maths and science and knew that I wanted to work somewhere in STEM, I just wasn’t sure where! When I was in year 11, I went to a careers expo with my Dad and listened to a presentation on how engineers are the problem solvers of society and how much of an impact they make on everyone’s’ daily lives and I knew I wanted to be a part of that too.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

At the end of first year, I wasn’t really sure which specialisation I wanted to choose. I spent lots of time talking to older students and I changed my mind so many times! Eventually I settled on Chemical Engineering for two main reasons – it is incredibly broad which gives you a lot of flexibility in your career and means you can work in almost any sector. Secondly, I like the way of thinking it teaches you and how it teaches you to approach and solve complex problems.

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

I wish I knew how important it is to make connections within your cohort. Whilst your learning is incredibly important, it’s also really important to network with your peers, because at the end of the day, the people sitting next to you will be the future leaders of the industry.

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

I loved how welcoming the people were at Open Day Events and the beautiful campus. I was also very impressed with UQ’s ranking as one of the top 50 universities in the world.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

My best advice for new students is to get involved with as many things as you can and take on every opportunity you get. I know it gets repeated a lot, but uni really is what you make of it, so join the clubs and societies, hang out in the learning centres at uni and meet as many people as you can!

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

That we were able to make it to the moon with less computing power than a phone!

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I’m really passionate about promoting a circular economy in Australia and helping to kick-start proper recycling infrastructure in Australia. I want to help ensure the sustainability of the electrification of society by closing the loop in the supply chain of critical metals for the production of batteries.

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

My main goal as a WE student leader is to be a positive role model for younger girls and to inspire them to pursue a career in engineering. I absolutely love what I do and I hope that through this role I can pass on a bit of that excitement.