Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

29 July 2021

UPDATE: The latest Queensland Government COVID-19 advice means UQ Open Day will move entirely online.

All our seminars are ready to livestream, our students and staff will be online to chat and answer your questions, and our virtual tours are available to help you explore the campus.

Be sure to register at https://future-students.uq.edu.au/events/st-lucia-open-day

We look forward to seeing you from the comfort of home tomorrow!

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Join us for our biggest event of the year, UQ Open Day, to meet lecturers and academics, receive study and admissions advice and learn more about what life at UQ is really like. 

The Engineering, Design and Computing precinct is set to go off, with interactive tours, live demos – including digital domes, drones, dozers and design – food trucks, and a dedicated chat zone where current UQ students and your future lecturers are on hand to help get all of your burning questions answered.

Follow these steps to make the most of UQ Open Day. We look forward to seeing you there!

1. Download the UQ Open Day app and plan your day

With so much on, planning your schedule for the day is a must. Download the UQ Open Day app to get started (find it on Apple or Android). It has the full schedule for the day, and you can save your own agenda. It's also required to access all information sessions so we can allocate you a seat.

Getting there

The Engineering, Design and Computing precinct runs the length of Staff House Road

Our St Lucia campus is a big space. When you arrive, say hello to someone in a purple UQ shirt and our friendly students and staff can help guide you around the campus so you don't get lost. 

Not sure where to start? Head to the Advanced Engineering Building #49 and follow the signs!

Our tip:

The best parking for the Engineering, Design and Computing precinct is the Conifer Knoll Parking Station (P11) and along Sir William MacGregor Drive.

2. Tours and demos

Fire tornados, wind tunnels, superconducting magnets, digital domes and the largest student maker space in Australia...catch a tour or demo and experience the world of engineering, design and computing for yourself. 

Architecture and Design Exhibit

Want to see the world through ‘design eyes’? In this interactive exhibition, you’ll see design-thinking come to life and learn how architects shape the world around us for the better.

Location: CoLab rooftop, off Jocks Road

Virtual Structures Lab tour (Live online at 11.00am)

No matter where you are on campus, follow UQ Engineering and Technology on Facebook and tune into our live UQ Engineering Structures Lab tour, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing civil engineering facilities that call UQ home.

Location: Online via the UQ Engineering and Technology Facebook page (@UQEngTech)

Jolly Jumper

What if smart, safe and sustainable construction materials actually grew on trees? We could save money… and the planet! But can timber structures really be as strong as concrete or steel? Test out our Jolly Jumper and see for yourself, and find out why timber is on track to becoming the next big thing in mainstream construction materials.

Location: Structures Lab, Level 2, Advanced Engineering Building #49

Fire Tornado

Sounds like the next sequel to Sharknado but, we swear, this one is real, and nowhere near as ridiculous. Come and watch our Fire Safety Engineers as they create a mini Fire Tornado, right here in the UQ Structures Lab. This demonstration is going to be HOT.

Location: Structures Lab, Level 2, Advanced Engineering Building #49

Driving Simulation

Our Transport Engineers often use driving simulators to help us better understand traffic flow, pedestrian safety, travel behaviour and decision making… which is a fancy way of saying they play Gran Turismo all day (only joking). Come see for yourself. You can take the wheel and burn some serious rubber (in a safe and virtual simulation, of course).

Location: Structures Lab, Level 2, Advanced Engineering Building #49

Tesla

Elon Musk may not have won the billionaire’s space race, but we’re still big fans of his work! At UQ we are lucky to have our own Tesla, so our students and researchers can get real, hands-on experience when it comes to autonomous, connected and electric vehicles. Drop by and put yourself in the driver’s seat – literally! Our staff will show you all the bells and whistles on the car that’s set to revolutionise the future of transport safety and sustainability.

Location: Entrance to Level 2, Advanced Engineering Building #49

Open Day Drones

Boats and Drones

Environmental engineers are responsible for ensuring the resilience and sustainability of our urban resource and energy demands, as well as the natural ecosystems that support them. Best of all, they frequently get to play with totally awesome boats and air drones. Join us outside as we demonstrate some of the techniques our researchers use to monitor and collect samples from areas that aren’t always easy to reach with our own hands and feet.

Location: At the end of Jocks Road.

Hydraulic Ram

If you have ever sat on a beach and wondered about sediment transport processes and nearshore hydrodynamics, then you must visit our Water and Marine lab. Hydraulic flumes, wave flumes, and model culverts are used to help monitor, model, and engineer our coasts, hydraulic structures, urban city waterways, and oceans so we can enhance the safety and resilience of communities along the coastlines. Spoiler alert, you may get wet!

Location: Hydraulics Lab, Level 1, Advanced Engineering Building #49

Collapsing Wall

Let’s face it, no one likes failing… but that’s exactly what we are trying to do in the Geotechnical Lab. Come down and see if you can make a model retaining wall collapse. Our engineers will explain how props and anchors should support a structure and why failings occur. Now, that’s more fun than receiving a D on a test, right?

Location: Geotechnical Lab, Level 1, Advanced Engineering Building #49

Levitation Train

Is it a defiance of gravity? Or a mystical event? Check out the levitation train in the Mechanical Engineering tent, built with a superconducting magnet. It's one not to let float by.

Location: Mechanical Engineering Marquee, Staff House Road

Loaders, Dozers and Trucks

Check out a remote-controlled mining loader, dozer and trucks as they simulate a real mining site. Find out how autonomous vehicles are helping to make mining sites safe and more efficient.

Location: Mechanical Engineering Marquee, Staff House Road

UQ Space

UQ’s engineering students are reaching for the stars...literally. UQ Space is Australia’s #1 student aerospace team, and they’re looking to set a new world record: the first university to fly a student-built rocket into space. With over 100 members, and open to UQ students from a variety of disciplines, UQ Space is one of many UQ student societies you can join and gain hands-on skills. Come and meet the team to learn more.

Location: Next to the Mechanical Engineering Marquee, Staff House Road

UQ Racing

UQ Racing

Another of our most popular student societies, UQ Racing is a must for any motor enthusiasts out there. Each year, the UQ Racing team design and build a new racecar from scratch, which they then race! Cars are built in-house at UQ in a dedicated workshop. Stop by and meet the team to learn more about joining.

Location: Next to the Mechanical Engineering Marquee, Staff House Road

Design a better future with Chemical Engineering

Want to learn how to engineer sustainable polymers with biodegradable plastics? See first hand how chemical engineers are helping to beat landfill and build a better future, one polymer at a time. 

Location: Andrew Liveris Building Courtyard, off Staff House Road

Computer Science comes to life in our Digital Lane

The future of tech is here! AI and computer vision, intelligent transport systems and wireless sensing technologies, and portable electromagnetic imaging technologies...See all of this and more come to life in our Digital Lane. 

Location: Digital Lane, the undercroft of General Purpose South Building #78, off Staff House Road

Digital Dome

Get lost in our digital dome and see energy networks come to life. The dome uses VR and AR to give you a real world view of energy networks. See how engineers in the field use virtual modelling, fed by live sensor data and 3D imagery, to experiment with network changes and maintain these vital systems. 

Location: Digital Lane, the undercroft of General Purpose South #78, off Staff House Road

The Mechatronics of Drones

How do drones fly? And what are the latest drone technologies capable of? Check out the latest in drone tech and find out all there is to know about mechatronic engineering at UQ.

Location: The undercroft of General Purpose South Building #78, off Staff House Road

3. Attend Information Sessions

Want to learn what it's really like to study engineering, computing or design at UQ? Explore dual degrees, or find out about the support available through our Women in Engineering program?

Get the 101 on your preferred programs by joining a session in a lecture theatre or by live streaming online.

Our tip

Download the UQ Open Day app to add your favourite sessions to your schedule, and turn on notifications. You’ll be given your own QR code through the app, which will give you access to all the sessions, and you’ll receive alerts before your next session is about to begin.

Schedule

Time

Session

Location

9.15–9.45

Your future in civil engineering

Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building

10.15–10.45

A career in architecture and design

Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building

11.15–11.45

Your future in mechanical engineering

Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building

12.15–12.45

A career in chemical engineering

Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building

1.15–1.45

A career in architecture and design

Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building

2.15–2.45

Your future in electrical engineering

Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building

9.15–9.45

Mechatronic engineering at UQ

Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building 50

10.15–10.45

Engineering and computing duals degrees

Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building 50

11.15–11.45

Computing degrees at UQ

Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building 50

12.15–12.45

Engineering and computing duals degrees

Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building 50

1.15–1.45

Computing degrees at UQ

Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building 50

2.15–2.45

Women in Engineering

Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building 50

 

Open Day Questions

4. Get your questions answered.

Your future lecturers and current UQ students are on hand all day at our Information Hub to answer your questions about all things UQ’s, including our programs, dual degrees, exchange, scholarships and more.

Location: Andrew Liveris Building Courtyard

5. Take a break. Grab a bite.

Grab a snack at a food truck, play a game, or just chill out. Need a pick me up? There will be coffee carts and ice cream on hand for that energy boost to get you around campus.

Joining us online?

  • Meet our lecturers and students. They’ll be available to answer your questions and give advice in person or online.
  • Take a physical or virtual tour of our campus. From our award-winning buildings to our awe-inspiring greenery, explore the grounds to experience student life at UQ. 
  • Don’t miss our live civil engineering Structures Lab tour at 11am. Follow @UQEngTech on Facebook to catch it.
  • Attend a seminar to discover your study options. Get the 101 on your preferred programs by joining a session in a lecture theatre or by live streaming online.
  • Watch exclusive on-demand content about all things UQ – including in-depth looks into our programs, accommodation, scholarships and more.

Registration to UQ Open Day is essential. Visit UQ Open Day to book your spot and start preparing your schedule.