Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Sofia Angi
Sofia Angi
Meet Sofia Angi

What do you study?

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Growing up, I was always fascinated with how everything worked, ‘Behind the Scenes’ segments of films and tv shows were a favourite, and I enjoyed maths and science in school. When senior subject selection rolled around in Year 10, I had no idea what I wanted to do; I was tossing up between science, medicine and law. All I knew was I wanted to improve the lives of others. I had signed up to a range of different presentations for the school’s Careers Day hoping I’d be able to decide. One such presentation was a UQ representative from Women in Engineering. Up until that point, no one in my family had studied engineering and I had no clue what it was with my mind initially thinking constructing roads, tunnels, bridges and buildings. It wasn’t until the representative mentioned Biomedical Engineering that I was sure of my career; it was the perfect bridge between my passion for maths and physics and being able to make a positive impact.

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying?

I knew I ultimately wanted to study Biomedical Engineering, but I had to decide between the Chemical and Electrical as Biomedical Engineering is only offered as a dual major at UQ. I completed both Chemical and Electrical Engineering subjects in my first year to help me decide. It was in my second semester that I discovered a new passion in the form of Electrical Engineering, so the Electrical and Biomedical Engineering dual major was the choice for me.

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

Engineering is so diverse! Everything you see in the world around you was designed by engineers. You don’t need to be a maths or science wiz to study engineering; if you have a passion for improving the world around you, then you have what it takes to become an engineer. Even if you decide not to work as an engineer, the skills you develop in problem solving, working in teams and building rapport are transferrable to any career.

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

The University of Queensland is a world-class university at the forefront of Biomedical Engineering research in particular; the professors at UQ were involved in the development of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology, a major achievement in the world of Biomedical Engineering. I also chose UQ because it offers the largest range of engineering disciplines in Queensland and is one of the few universities that allows you to have a general first year so you can decide on your major once you’ve had a taste of all of the disciplines.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Get involved from your first year! UQ has so many volunteering opportunities on offer and there are student societies for all majors and interests. Both are a great way to make lasting friendships and make the most of your time at university.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

I have always been fascinated with the Cochlear implant and how it has enabled people of all ages with partial and even full hearing loss to hear. I especially love watching videos of people when the implant is turned on for the first time and the joy they have when they hear the voices of their loved ones for the first time.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I would love to be pursue the Biomedical Engineering aspect of my degree to work in rehabilitation in the medical sector and make prosthesis and medical devices more accessible to those who need it. I have also developed a passion for Electrical Safety in my time at UQ, so I would love to be a part of making the electrical industry safer for those working in the field.

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

The UQ Women in Engineering program is the reason that I am currently studying Engineering.

As a student leader, I hope to empower and inspire more young girls to pursue engineering so that we can achieve over 30% female involvement in engineering by 2023. I would also like to help students understand what engineering encompasses from a young age and the importance of diversity in engineering.