Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Waseem
Meet Waseem
Meet Waseem

What do you study?

I am currently studying a double degree Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce – Majoring in Electrical Engineering and Finance

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

Throughout my life, I have always had an immense drive and passion to do and be the best I can be in anything I decide to take up. And this also had an impact in me deciding universities. Ultimately, it was the rankings and the testimonials I had heard from speaking to students attending the university and having graduated from UQ, that made my decision for me. I felt that in order to challenge myself and aid me on my path for success, UQ would give me the greatest challenge and tools in order to get me to where I want to be in life both personally and professionally.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

Ever since I was a child, I have been obsessed with knowing how things work and my parents tell stories of how when I was younger, I would receive toys, only for me to pry them open to see what was inside. The only problem was, I had no idea what I was looking at or how to put them back together at the time. This is where my spark for engineering was born. I tried out mechanical and electrical engineering in my first year as I thoroughly enjoyed physics and maths at high school. I decided to go with electrical because I wanted to learn more about automation and computer coding. I felt that they would be highly useful skills in any industry I decide to work at in the future.

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

The one piece of advice I would give to anyone coming to UQ is to just get involved. There is something for everyone at such a vast and expansive university and campus. And your other interests don’t have to be aligned to your degree choice – they can be anything from the Harry Potter club to the UQ Football team. Through this, you will meet the most amazing people from all parts of the world and honestly, in doing so, you are befriending the future leaders of this world. These people will challenge your thinking and understanding to improve your outlook on various aspects of life and the world.

What is your favourite place on campus?

My favourite place on campus would have to be the soccer fields opposite the UQ centre. I am a very keen sportsman and have always enjoyed playing, watching, and talking about soccer. In my first year, I joined the UQ Interfaculty Competitions Club and participated in their seven-a-side soccer tournament. I was placed in a team with some familiar faces and people that I did not know. Through this, I met some of my closest friends today from my team, and other teams all from various degrees across UQ. The tournament went so well that my team ended up winning the tournament and I have participated every year since. As such, I cherish the memories that I have made there and the amazing people I have had the pleasure of meeting along the way and that is what makes this place so special to me.

What do you love most about your degree?

I’ve always wanted to know how things work. For me, this is what makes the degree so fun and interesting for me. The concepts that we learn in the classroom have a direct relation to understanding why certain things work. For example, learning about signal processing in one of my third year courses explained how images taken in a camera are manipulated to give the image we see in our phones as well as how the newer phones are able to use multiple cameras to create different effects and filters on the images we see. For me, that theoretical to practical understanding is very important and I really enjoy making those connections while I am studying.

What has been your favourite moment while doing vacation work?

I have completed two vacation work experiences in underground mining operations. My favourite parts of these experiences were engaging with new people in a work environment and the application of my theoretical knowledge into practise. For example, one of the projects I worked on was the set up and configuration of a back-end network monitoring program. The requirements included the ability to add all the network devices on site to the interface, monitor their bandwidth usage 24/7, send email notifications in the event any devices went out of operation, and enable mass deployment of updates to the settings on the devices. There was about 250+ devices on site and I had to write code as well as implement different applications into a command line interface. While none of these applications was taught specifically at university, the mindset and problem solving abilities were taught, and these are what allowed me to implement the system which I was very proud of.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

I understand the duties and responsibilities that come with the role. I have been part of the UQ Student Leadership volunteering and mentoring teams since 2018. Over the years, I have developed my inter-personal skills and as such I am very comfortable interacting with people of different backgrounds, ages and cultures. In addition, I have been fortunate to have gotten involved at UQ and feel I have a good understanding of the university, and the great things that it has to offer.