Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Isabella
Meet Isabella
Meet Isabella

What do you study?

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering / Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

I was fortunate to have two fantastic role models, my brother and sister, who at the time were both completing degrees at UQ and loved it. The engineering facilities at UQ also stood out to me by a mile.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

At high school I mostly enjoyed maths and science but I wanted to keep my options broad. Engineering made a lot of sense to me after speaking to people in industry and realising how many different areas there were available to work in. Still to this day, I remember looking at structural designs and taking my steel caps out for a spin before I even started my degree. I thrived off the diversity of the environments and tangible impact you could have through the job. I believe this experience solidified my interest in the degree, specifically Civil Engineering.

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

You won’t know until you ask. By this I mean ask a friend who is just starting at UQ to help you find someone that studies engineering. We are so well connected these days, so definitely take advantage of this. Through this connection you can learn about the degree from various perspectives, hear about work experience opportunities and find out about the fantastic student societies that can help you get immersed in university life once you start.

What is your favourite place on campus?

The lakeside area – it is great for coffee, food and studying with a view, it doesn’t get much better! We are very lucky at UQ.

What do you love most about your degree?

I love the practicality of the courses and responsibility you are given as you progress through your degree. From my experience, by the end of your degree you are being treated as a junior engineer and all your ideas matter. Whether it be in group work or a class discussion, it’s a very collaborative environment. The cohort is a brilliant bunch of people who all have interesting and diverse perspectives – it’s exciting to design something from scratch, learn new ways of working and have fun at the same time.

What has been your favourite moment while doing vacation work?

I have been fortunate to have a range of vacation work experience – including in structural design, civil construction, infrastructure advisory and management consulting. I enjoyed the responsibility that I was given in these workplaces as I was constantly learning and challenged. The experience also enabled me to apply my technical skills that I had learnt at university, but more so amplified my learning which assisted me in my engineering studies. Gaining experience early is also a great way to discover the various areas of engineering throughout your degree – after all, you don’t know until you try!

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I have always had a passion for supporting my younger peers to take a sustainable and challenging career path. I channel this passion through my role as a high school mathematics tutor and through my involvement with the non-for-profit that works with high school students, the Power of Engineering. Based on these experiences, I have the passion and vision to support my younger peers as an EAIT student ambassador. I have the leadership experience to be a strong role model. In 2018 I was the ambassador for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), which required me to promote and regularly share my ideas for progressing the inclusion of women in construction. I have also founded the university’s first multi-disciplinary student society for women – the UQ Women’s Network – and continue to serve as president. Leading a committee of 17 women, we have built a community of over 550 students. This leadership experience gives me the confidence that I can make a difference in communities beyond university, most notably as an EAIT student ambassador.