Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Matilda Meppem
Matilda Meppem
Meet Matilda Meppem

What do you study?

I am a 3rd year, studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering. Engineering for me is a degree where I can combine both my love for academic maths and practical skills. It is where I am given the opportunity to learn the skills to help me create and design the best world around me.

Who or what made you choose engineering?

Coming from a property I was constantly building shed, fixing bikes and loved being hands-on in a practical way of solving and manipulating materials and designed to best suit the needs of the situation. At school I wasn’t the best at maths but I enjoyed solving the problems and when looking at career pathways, engineering stuck out to me because I could combine two of the things that I loved doing, building and being hands on and a maths bend.   

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying/what drew you to this?

For me the buildings around us are where we shelter, work, live and to be able to be a part of an industry that is all about building the best version of that was definitely something that caught my interest.

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

University is really all about what you put in, is to what you get out. Most importantly, this is not just with the obvious components like academic but also about being a part of the bigger university committee such as clubs, social events, employability opportunity’s, overseas travel. The list is endless.

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

I loved that at UQ they are at the front of that research and as a result the students are offered the most up to date information available. Additionally, having so many notable alumni within the engineering industry, allows the students to have strong job opportunities.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Say YES to all the opportunities that are available to you and actively seek out more. Ask for help when you need it, as there is a lot of support for first years.  

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

Mark Rober is an engineering YouTube sensation with over 5 and half million subscribers – he engineers everything from heat map microwave to a lemon powered supercar. He emphasises the importance of engineering in the world we live in and not just has an audience of science lovers but reaches a wide demographic challenging the way his audience looks at design. 

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

A company that’s values align with mine – especially around sustainability and innovation. I would also love to work for a company that allows me to travel whilst working.

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

I would love to be able to impart my knowledge of engineering to the aspiring women in engineers and make the pathway for women to enter engineering a little bit easier.