Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Aidan
Meet Aidan

Meet Aidan

What do you study?

I am studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

I chose to study at UQ because it’s a bit closer to home (Darwin) for me, compared to other major cities. Also due to chemical engineering not being offered up in the Northern Territory so I had to move interstate to pursue my career.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

I had a passion for chemistry all throughout high school and although I didn’t enjoy math too much, I did always enjoy problem solving and being together with a team more so. I believed that chemical engineering was a perfect fit for someone who enjoy chemistry and tackling problems with other people and I haven’t looked back since.

What advice do you have for prospective students interested in studying engineering, architecture, computer science and/or information technology at UQ?

My best advice is to have a go, it may be a bit daunting taking that first step but to follow your gut feeling and applying to Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) is a great start and shows that you have initiative. If you have an interest in any of those disciplines, just have a crack and go for it. There’s only so much research you can do for a course and until you experience it first hand, it’s hard to tell otherwise. Personally, in engineering, Engineering Design (ENGG1100) and Engineering Modelling & Problem Solving (ENGG1200) were subjects that mimicked what engineering was like.

What is your favourite place on campus?

Definitely the Great Court. Just the open and serene feeling of walking though it, anytime of the day (maybe not so much in summer) is surreal. It’s got a lovely environment and I don’t know how much detail I have to go into describing the Great Court, it’s pretty self-explanatory!

What do you love most about your degree?

What I love most about my degree is that I have an insight on what my career is going to be like, from my first year of study. Whether it be Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics (ENGG1400) or Engineering Thermodynamics (ENGG1500) we learnt about real world applicable problems that professional engineers would be doing out in the field. Of course it would be simplified in our case but it was reassuring to know that we got a snippet of engineering work right from the get-go. For example in ENGG1500 we learnt about how aircons, turbines, pumps worked, which is applicable to household systems or even big industry turbines. Learning about each part of the system and how companies work out how much heat/energy they approximately lose, is fascinating and shows us early on what engineering problem solving is all about.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I am an outgoing and extroverted person who’s always willing to offer a helping hand to others. I’ve made many mistakes here and there and I look forward to giving advice to prospective students who may have questions and direct them in the right direction so that hopefully they don’t end up making the same mistakes as I have!