Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Pranay
Meet Pranay
Meet Pranay

What do you study?

I am studying Chemical and Biological Engineering. I also intend to complete my masters here at UQ as well.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

I chose to study at UQ because of the sheer amount of information I was able to receive about the university. During the 2018 and 2019 Open Day, I was able to fully understand what engineering was thanks to how informative the UQ EAIT Student Ambassadors were. There was one Specific Ambassador who explained to me the essence of engineering. He said something along the lines of “engineering is a degree where you will learn how to think for yourself and solve real world issues”.

I was already convinced about studying engineering, but I only chose to study at UQ because I could see clearly after talking to the Student Ambassadors that they were independent thinkers who were clearly enjoying their degree at UQ. I could instantly foresee myself studying at UQ just because of the atmosphere that the Student Ambassadors created when they were talking to me. After studying at UQ for 1 and half years, I am loving my degree and I am very glad I chose this university.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

I chose to study chemical engineering because of my father. My father is a chemical process engineer and I would often see him bring work home. I would be fascinated by the process flow diagrams that he would draw along with his gas pipeline drawings (for LNG plants) and try to help him sketch them. He would sometimes ponder the problems for hours and would suddenly solve them with a classic “aha!” moment. He would explain how crucial his job was because LNG is a clean and efficient energy that powers most things in the world. Moreover, when I was in high-school, my dad would take me to the “bring your son to work-day”. On these days, his workplace would host various engineering workshops such as designing a simple water filter to separate large contaminating particles. This was where I first realised that I loved problem solving and therefore engineering.

Thinking back, I understand how crucial an event where engineering is thoroughly explained can be. Without it, we would not be able to spread what engineering is about. High-school graduates who enjoy core aspects of engineering may never choose it because they were never informed about what the engineering degree at UQ has to offer. I understand the importance of being a Student Ambassador in this scenario and am very keen to take on this role.

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

I would say that if you are looking to make a meaningful impact in the world, study engineering. There are so many different majors that will suit your skillset and allow you to make a difference in this world. Understand that a key part of being an engineering is being an independent thinker and problem solver but to also be able to effectively work in a team.

I know from first-hand experience that UQ’s engineering courses create a teambuilding atmosphere where you can develop your skills. For example, in your very semester, you will be put in a team in Engineering Design (ENGG1100) where you will complete a team project. You may be asked to construct a movable bridge (1:20 scale), create an autonomous land mine sweeper or build a miniature water treatment plant.

I personally did the bridge project and got to work alongside some amazing individuals. We put our minds together to solve a problem that engineers in the real world would solve in a real-life scale! So, if solving real world issues interests you, and you want to become an independent thinker but also be able to work in a team, then the engineering degree at UQ is definitely for you. Don’t be afraid of deciding whether you want to major in chemical, mechanical etc, because you first year is a general year where you get the flexibility to find the major that interests you!

What is your favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus would be the Dorothy Hill Library as this is often where I go to study with my friends! However, the 11 story Andrew N. Liveris Building is under construction and set to open in 2021. It will be the tallest building in UQ and the new home for the school of chemical engineering. I have watched it being built this year and I have a feeling it may become my favourite building next year. Another place which a really enjoy on campus is the bean bag area in Dorothy Hill where I can go to study comfortably when my classes are over. I would highly recommend this area if you haven’t visited it yet.

What do you love most about your degree?

The practicals in Chemistry 1 (CHEM1100) and Chemistry 2 (CHEM1200) have been my favourite so far. Seeing concepts in lectures being proven in the laboratory and getting to work alongside my friends to figure out solutions to problems must be one of the most fun things about my degree. I also enjoy the collaborative learning atmosphere that UQ fosters. For example, in first year, you can use the First Year Learning Centre (FYELC), it is a collaborative space for first year students to study. The bonds that you form with people in this degree will likely last a lifetime and is another thing I love about this degree. The atmosphere that UQ creates in the Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) section of campus is possibly one of the things I love most about this degree.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I enjoy being able to explain what engineering is (just like the Student Ambassador did to me) and engage them to think about studying engineering a UQ because I honestly believe it offers the best engineering degrees and creates independent thinkers. Additionally, because of my father, I understand how important a role model who explains the core aspects of engineering can be. Many graduates who enjoy core aspects of engineering such as problem solving may not be fortunate enough to have a father as an engineer and may never realise, they would greatly enjoy the engineering degree, therefore I hope to be a role model for those students too.