Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Jessica Hanh
Jessica Hanh

Meet Jessica

Third Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechatronic, Master of Engineering

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

When the time came to submit QTAC applications during Year 12, I had a hard time choosing which degree I wanted to do, however, I ultimately thought deeply about what I wanted to achieve in my career, and how I could use my passions to achieve those goals. For me, I wanted to make a genuine, positive change in the world and help people in need all across the globe. Engineering seemed like it could do all that and more!

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

I really enjoyed my tech and science subjects during high school and thus wanted to use those skills in my career. I also loved building robots and coding was always a fun puzzle so after thinking about it this way and considering all my options, I chose Mechatronic Engineering.

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

I wish I knew about all the resources that were available for student’s use. For example, facilities such as UQ Innovate, with 3D printers, laser cutters, woodwork workshops; online software such as the full Adobe suite; and even labs with oscilloscopes and soldering machines. I wish I knew to take the time to explore and find out what I could use.

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

I chose to study at UQ because, in my opinion, it was the best university for me and what I wanted to do throughout my experience during uni. I was (and still am!) very interested in going on global exchange and UQ has amazing sponsorship opportunities. Also, I was extremely impressed with the sheer magnitude of student societies/clubs that existed; I was particularly interested in Drawing club, Engineers Without Borders, Ladies in Technology and so many more! In terms of academics, the global reputation that UQ had clearly made it stand out against the other universities in Brisbane. It had a focus on research and that’s exactly what I want to get into in my future career.

More importantly, when I visited the campus at the 2018 UQ Open Day, I spoke to many students, staff and even a few WE ambassadors and their overall attitude about uni life, their friendliness and openness to answer all my questions was what concreted my decision to choose UQ over other universities.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

My best first-year engineering tip is to study in the First Year Engineering Learning Centre – it is an amazing place to make new friends and get help from the welcoming tutors that circle around. You can also bond with the other students when an assignment is due or study together with friends.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

One of my favourite examples of engineering are the autonomous mobile robots that are placed in hospitals to improve the quality of care of all patients. These robots can speak and respond to most languages and can, therefore, translate symptoms to doctors and instructions to patients. They are also useful in safely delivering medication and tools.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I don’t have a specific engineering job that I’m aiming for, but I know whatever I do, I want to be using my mechatronic engineering skills. Perhaps this includes developing autonomous service robots, or designing intelligent systems but I hope it’s something I truly enjoy.

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

As a Women in Engineering student leader, I hope to inspire. I hope to help young girls understand what engineering is about, support their journeys and be a useful mentor and friend!