Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Isabella Menzies
Isabella Menzies
Meet Isabella Menzies

What do you study?

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Throughout school I always enjoyed design and STEM subjects and teamwork/leadership roles. By being able to combine creative thinking with the theory of science and having the potential to travel and meet amazing like minded people while making a difference to the future made choosing engineering a no brainer to me.

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying?

Chemistry was always my favourite science subject and not until grade 12 did I realise it was an engineering discipline. The range of jobs that a chemical engineer can undertake also compelled me, as you are able to move around to different industries. You could be working in a chocolate factory, pharmaceuticals or biorefinery’s around the world.

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

The broad range of disciplines that you can specialise in within engineering and the number of networking/industry events the university holds.

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

After doing extensive research about Brisbane universities I found that Chemical Engineering offered at UQ is ranked number one in Australia. Along with this, UQ is heavily involved in industry research, therefore they have many industry contacts for future employment opportunities. This combined made UQ the obvious choice.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Participate in everything! UQ has so many clubs, societies, events and industry connections, which is a great way to make friends and gain experience. University life is a lot easier with friends that you have common interests with and there is no easier way to branch out and make friends then going to events.

Read your emails! This was the best tip I received in first year as you receive so many emails outlining opportunities and events happening around campus.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

The discovery and process design of turning old rubber tyres into diesel. This new technology will rid a waste product in an environmentally-friendly manner and creates a consumable product which is used daily around the world. This will allow for our future oil consumption to be less taxing on our environment.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

Working for Cadbury as a chemical engineer and being involved in the production of new chocolate and lolly flavours.

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

I hope to connect with young girls and show them that engineering is a great path for the future and that anything is achievable when you put your mind to it!  I also hope to be a friendly face around campus for first-year students to ease their nerves and show them how amazing UQ life and engineering can be.