Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Mia Broedelet
Mia Broedelet

Meet Mia

Third Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechatronic

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

At school, I was one of those kids who loved mathematics and solving numerical problems. In my senior studies, I went on to select a combination of all math, science and IT electives, and when QTAC applications came around, it seemed an obvious choice that engineering was for me. Where else could I combine my love of math and problem solving with my passion in science and technology! Then, (after lots of research online!), I discovered the field of Mechatronic Engineering, which is a combination of electrical, mechanical and software engineering that involves all things robots and automation!

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

I started at The University of Queensland with the Electrical specialisation and Biomedical major in mind, hoping to pursue a career in medical engineering, particularly neural prosthetics. It wasn’t until I was almost finished first year that I started to learn about mechatronic engineering and the amazing possibilities in this upcoming field. Graduating with a Mechatronic Engineering degree will allow me to work with neural prosthetics, but also opens up a vast number of exciting opportunities in areas such as automation, machine learning and intelligent systems.

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

Getting to know people and making friends in your courses will make coming to university a more enjoyable experience and studying much easier. UQ has so many clubs, societies and sporting teams to join, so I would highly recommend taking part in something outside your academic studies that interests you. I am a member of the UQ Cheerleading Squad in both the dance and cheerleading teams, which has been great for making friends whilst staying fit!

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

Since I started thinking about university, I’ve always wanted to go to the University of Queensland. After visiting UQ in high school for an engineering presentation, I immediately fell in love with the campus and the engineering facilities UQ has to offer. The vast array of engineering disciplines on offer made me feel comfortable and reassured that I would find the right discipline for me.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Enjoy your first year and have fun! Participate in as many clubs and societies as you can and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. This will make your first year exciting and enjoyable. Take advantage of the facilities provided to you, particularly the First Year Engineering Learning Centre (FYLEC) to meet friends and get help from tutors.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

The Bionic Eye - which promises to provide artificial vision to visually impaired people who could previously see. The devices consist of micro-electrodes surgically placed in or near one eye, along the optic nerve (which transmits impulses from the eye to the brain), or in the brain. Awesome right!

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

My dream job when I graduate is to be able to design and build intelligent machines using my skills as a mechatronic engineer, particularly in the medical industry, that change the way people live. I would also love to be able to travel with my job and live in a variety of countries overseas!

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

I hope to inspire and encourage young girls to pursue a career in engineering by sharing my own passion for engineering and other passionate women around me. I hope to be able to motivate and empower other like-minded women in the engineering field and break stereotypes that may be associated with a typical engineer.