Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Jenniffer Suen
Jenniffer Suen

Meet Jenniffer

Third Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mining & Geotechnical

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Initially it was my love for math and science. When I first started my degree, I learnt so much about the practical applications and was fascinated by how essential engineering was for everyday items. It enables so much in our life like infrastructure, automobiles and medical facilities.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

Professor David Williams inspired me through his work in tailings dam and rehabilitation of mine sites. I was fascinated by his work in the field and really enjoyed the class content and projects I completed through industry placement. For this reason I chose to study Mining Engineering, which you can major with a specialisation in Civil, Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering.

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

There are so many opportunities to get involved, the more people you connect with the more enjoyable your university experience will be.

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

The University of Queensland is one of the only universities to offer Mining and Geotechnical Engineering. I also picked the campus because of the welcoming atmosphere and support I received in classes. It’s a great learning environment to be engaged and challenged.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Give everything a go, make new friends in social events because classes are so much easier when you have peers to discuss challenging topics. It also makes studying a lot more enjoyable.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

Radar slope monitoring technology through Ground Probe. It was first developed by UQ students and now is broadly used in the mining industry to maximise productivity and safety. In the last year, twenty lives were saved because of the alarm triggers.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

A site based Geotechnical Engineer in rural QLD.

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

To inspire others to get out of their comfort zone and try new things. I hope to be someone that first years feel comfortable with as a friend and a mentor. I can’t wait to share my journey and passion with other students and discuss their career aspirations.