Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Sophie Flottmann
Sophie Flottmann

Meet Sophie

Fourth Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil, Bachelor of Science

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

I liked maths and science in high school and thought engineering would be a great way to tie those together. Both of my parents are scientists and they also strongly encouraged me to go down the STEM pathway, although it wasn’t until second year at university that I truly fell in love with engineering and decided to commit to it.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

I chose Civil Engineering as my specialisation because I felt it had the most diverse range of study opportunities and I loved designing and building our groups tensegrity bridge in ENGG1100. I also thought learning about water and soil was pretty cool.

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

A lot of people associate engineers with misconceptions and I was worried I wouldn’t fit into these categories but was very glad to find out there is just about all people and personalities studying engineering.

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

I attended several open days at different universities while I was in year 12 and I chose UQ after I saw all of the amazing facilities and the beautiful campus. The engineering buildings, labs and study spaces were by far the coolest ones I saw!

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

My best tip for first-year engineering students is to just stick with it! The first few weeks can be extremely daunting and very challenging compared to school especially when you are in a lecture with 500 people compared to the 25 in a school class. I can promise that everything gets easier with each passing week!

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

My favourite example of amazing engineering is the tunnel boring machine. They have truly revolutionised the speed at which our cities roads and public transport networks can be built.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I’m still not exactly sure what my dream job is but I know I want to do something geotechnical related that gets me on site and allows me to travel Australia and the world.

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

I hope to dispel the myths of engineers being people who just ‘build bridges’ because there is so much more to it. I want to inspire the next generation to be the people who quietly keep the world running by creating life changing new technologies and infrastructure.