Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson

Bachelor of Multimedia Design* Experience Designer, ThoughtWorks

I had always been interested in design, and during high school I enjoyed using technology as a medium to present my creativity in an interactive way. I loved doing Flash and web projects, as I was able to make a product that others could use and enjoy.

I chose UQ because of its reputation as the best university in Queensland, and its gorgeous campus. I really enjoyed living at Grace College during my time at UQ due to the extra-curricular activities and the community I was a part of. I loved being a part of the various societies at UQ, including UQDance, Uni Impact and the U-Cue pool society, as well as the team projects that I was involved with as part of my coursework. We made a lot of interactive products, some of which we showcased to the public. Particularly, I am proud of an interactive floor that I designed and made with my group, which enabled people to dance, paint and discover different ways of interacting with it.

* Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Multimedia Design in 2014. This program has now been replaced with the Bachelor of Information Technology (User Experience Design)

James Doyle
James Doyle

Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Information Systems) Consultant (IT Advisory), EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Brisbane

Being able to live on campus in a residential college was one of the key reasons why I chose to attend UQ. I lived at Union College and this meant I was very close to the facilities where I was studying and attending classes, and I was able to meet and work with like-minded students every day, which I loved.

The opportunity to complete projects with real-world clients and gain practical experience while studying was also an attractive factor for me when choosing UQ.

UQ is a first-class university with award-winning lecturers, and I feel that my experiences there equipped me with the skills necessary to excel in my career and broader industry.

In my second year I participated in a unique cross-faculty course that involved prototyping a ‘news’ app. Groups were assembled from IT/Multimedia and Journalism/Arts students to come up with a revolutionary idea and build a digital prototype of the solution. This course embraced the concept of multidisciplinary collaboration between students with varying capabilities and skills, which is precisely what employers expect of graduates: the ability to collaborate with colleagues and clients.

My advice for future students is to be bold and con dent! Experience all that UQ can offer you: join a club or society, or have an in-depth discussion with a tutor about a particular subject. Don’t be afraid to get involved! I developed some amazing friendships with other students and teaching staff at UQ and those are the people who will support you through your journey at UQ and open up doors to exciting opportunities beyond the classroom.

Anastasia Miros
Anastasia Miros

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Biomedical)

New Product Industrialisation (NPI) Engineer, Cochlear Ltd

A Bachelor of Engineering from UQ equips students with a broad range of skills that are applicable to a diverse range of industry positions.

The experiences gained throughout my degree ensured I was well-equipped for the engineering workplace. Specifically, university fostered cross-disciplinary engagement, high-level analytical and problem-solving skills, time management and self-driven learning.

Developing these diverse skills has allowed for flexibility in my career and enabled the opportunity to discover alternative career paths. By embracing change and challenges, I have experienced diverse opportunities in my career and discovered a passion for process – a field divergent from the original intent of my degree major.

Jessica Orr
Jessica Orr

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) / Master of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace)

Stress Analyst Engineer, Boeing

It’s really exciting, from an engineering point of view you can develop something that no one has ever thought of before.

Through the powerful industry connections she made at UQ, Jessica landed a graduate engineering position at Boeing. Jessica is currently working on a project designing a next generation aircraft that will make air travel more cost-effective and accessible to everyone. By learning to see the world differently, Jessica is creating change.

Dr Matthew Petoe
Dr Matthew Petoe

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Biomedical)

Part of a consortium of researchers who are working on the development of the Retinal Prosthesis or ‘Bionic Eye’

With an ageing population, our reliance on the healthcare system is increasing more and more each year. As the doctors and healthcare professionals of the baby- boomer generation begin to retire, we are witnessing a paradigm-shift in how we think about and address health issues. As the world around us begins to look to engineering and technology for solutions, so too does our healthcare sector. And as our alumni and researchers will tell you, it’s not a moment too soon.

Max Koopman
Max Koopman

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Software


When it came time to apply for uni the choice for me was clear; I already spent every spare second programming, and I was truly lucky to get the chance to pursue it as a career. For me, I think I am drawn to the practical nature of Software Engineering, with every project bringing new and often unexplored challenges. I also love the fact that it can be applied to almost any field or industry, and can provide an almost instant tangible benefit.

I’ve been lucky enough to secure a job as a full time software engineer with Google, and I’m really excited about what the future will hold. I’m really excited to be thrown in the deep end and be surrounded by some of the best minds in the industry, not just at Google but in Silicon Valley as a whole.

Jeremy Herbert and Elliot Smith
Jeremy Herbert and Elliot Smith

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Electrical and Biomedical Co-Founders, Pepster

“Our challenge was to engineer a solution to change lives.”

Jeremy, Elliot and Gavin’s final-year Bachelor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering thesis led to Pepster, the world’s first digital breathing therapy device for cystic fibrosis. Paired with smartphones or tablets, Pepster allows patients to control video games with breathing exercises and lets clinicians accurately monitor their treatment. By learning to see the world differently, Jeremy, Elliot and Gavin are creating change.

Lucas Patchett
Lucas Patchett

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Mechanical/Bachelor of Commerce Co-founder, Orange Sky Laundry

Social entrepreneur Lucas explained that while it seems his UQ engineering degree might not necessarily be directly related to his charity, he feels that he draws on his skills every day.

“At the core of engineering is creative solutions and solving problems that have been looked at the same way for a long time. The fact that we have no background in social work means we’re looking at things through different eyes with a different perspective on an industry that’s been looked at the same way for a long time. We’ve shaken things up.”

Monica Hyland

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) / Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)

Current student

Attending a UQ Women in Engineering event in Year 12 cemented my choice to study engineering. Since starting at UQ, the program has provided me with a network of like-minded students and industry connections.

Alex Moore

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mechanical) / Bachelor of Commerce Current student

I chose to study at UQ because of its high status and methodical approach to first-year engineering. There is a lot of support in first year and getting you through the change to university lifestyle.

I think what I enjoy the most about university is everything else that happens around the program. The opportunities to study abroad and to work on extra projects with fellow students and academics make it seem not so much of a task to get a degree, but a bit of an adventure instead.

While studying my undergraduate degree, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over Cambodia with Engineers Without Borders Australia. The idea of learning about different cultures while travelling was amazing. You don’t necessarily feel like you are learning because you are so immersed in different things around you, but you come home with so many new skills and knowledge of cultural diversity.

Phoebe Lindenberg

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining)

Mining Engineer, Resource Planning, BHP Billiton

Mining engineering at UQ has always had a great reputation in the industry thanks to the amazing lecturers and their commitment to continually improving the degree.

With this strong reputation and the deep connections UQ has with the mining industry, I was able to develop my professional networks from my first year of university. By the time I reached my final year, I had four years of on-site industry experience and had a job to go to after graduation.

I love the job I have now, particularly being part of something bigger that makes a difference in the world.

I also work in a really caring and flexible environment, which is brilliant, and the variety of work is great. Every day is different and I get to interact with a diverse range of individuals and groups. It means I am always learning

Nick Smith

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) / Bachelor of Commerce

I have always had a passion for maths and science and knew in Year 12 that I wanted to study engineering. I also enjoyed studying economics, and UQ provided me with the opportunity to combine my two interests. During my studies, I qualified for a 12-month exchange to the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen, Norway, where I was able to complete some courses in finance and economics as part of the commerce component of my degree. I had a fantastic year full of many amazing experiences, and also had the advantage of a European summer holiday between my semesters.

Lucas Costi

Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) / Bachelor of Arts (History, Peace and Confict Studies)

Senior Technical Writer, RedHat, Brisbane

When I started at UQ, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. UQ has a good reputation, as well as a wide range of programs to choose from and change between, and this definitely influenced my decision. I changed multiple times, including from a Journalism program to Arts to a dual degree of IT and Arts, so my experience and success really highlights the benefits of this flexibility.

When applying for my current job, the technical experience and knowledge from my Bachelor of IT combined with my demonstrated writing ability, cultivated within my Bachelor of Arts, gave me an edge over other applicants.

I am proud of my diverse range of skills and even now, more than ten years after completing my studies at UQ, I still draw on the knowledge I learnt at UQ to help me in my career.

Hans Barroga

UX Designer in SMG Technologies, Brisbane

One of the highlights during my time at UQ was the Physical Computing and Interaction Design Exhibit. Our team created an interactive installation of a tree. We worked with sensors, lights and sound, and put the tree together for the first time on the night before the exhibition. This was one of the best projects I’ve ever worked on, with one of the best teams I’ve ever worked with. To this day, I am still searching to have that feeling again, working on the right project with an amazing team.

My experiences at UQ gave me the confidence to build a great team and create products from inception to delivery, to bring about a positive change to the world. My aspirations and life goals were made clear to me while I was studying at UQ and being surrounded by supportive people.

Now, I’m the UX Designer for SMG Technologies. I am responsible for designing the software products of SMG Technologies – data analytics platform, sports management software, tablet app and gym management software.

I work closely with sports scientists, data scientists and business analysts to design the user experience and user interface of the products. I also design and develop prototypes that are tested and demonstrated to our customers.

As for advice for future students I’d say, your time at university is the time to take risks and be bold. Take on the grandest challenges and create the wackiest products. You may not get the chance to do this again and you might miss out on experiencing something invaluable – dreaming bigger than what your imaginations can reach and creating an exciting future.

William Jones

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical) / Bachelor of Commerce

Supply Chain Analyst, BHP Billiton, Brisbane

I chose UQ as it is one of the leading Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) universities in Australia.

Among the highlights of my degree was the exceptional quality of the teachers, the beautiful campus and how tight-knit engineering cohorts become, enabling students to create lifelong friendships that translate to industry networks following studies.

At UQ I learnt a variety of practice-relevant skills and knowledge, including how to solve complex problems. Along with an industry-renowned UQ qualification, these skills have enabled me to work for the world’s largest oil and gas company, the world’s largest diversified mining company, and a global tier-one professional services firm within the first two years of my career.

The most satisfying and exciting part of my current job as a Supply Chain Analyst is the constant problem solving – be it strategic, technical or any level in between – and the exposure to some of the biggest companies, biggest projects and most important industries in the world.

Lucinda Smith
Lucinda Smith

Master of Architecture

Graduate Architect, Cox Architecture, Brisbane

I see university as a period of opportunity to explore and experiment creatively without real-world restrictions such as (client) time and money. I chose to study at UQ because I understood that the UQ School of Architecture prioritised design, emphasising the value of the creative process.

The degree was a balance of the different aspects of professional practice, exploring technological innovation and learning practical, manual skills, but with design remaining the primary focus. Design innovation was celebrated, and the creative freedom we were allowed meant I found my degree exciting and rewarding.

In my role with Cox Architecture I’ve worked over a range of areas from urban-scale projects and master planning, to concept design for mixed-use towers, working alongside the in-house graphics and 3D visualisation teams.

I find my job really rewarding because it combines research, problem-solving, creative output and communication in the architectural context. It’s really varied work and is always challenging, with every new job providing the opportunity to consider new groups of people, how they operate and what they want.

Tim Bauer
Timothy Bauer

Bachelor of Architectural Design Graduate

As a person who strives to achieve academically, I was initially attracted to study at UQ due to its outstanding international reputation and high global ranking. When I began comparing architecture as my potential field of study, I felt UQ offered a more innovative, creative and specialised program. However, having so far completed two years of my bachelor program at UQ, I now truly appreciate that UQ has much more to offer.

One of the major highlights of my time spent studying at UQ was the opportunity to study abroad at the University of California, Berkeley, in my second semester of my second year. I am immensely grateful for the UQ Abroad program, as this opportunity has been the most educational experience, exposing me to a different culture and way of learning.

Sam Bowstead

Bachelor of Architectural Design graduate

Current Master of Architecture student

My undergraduate experience challenged me far beyond my expectations. As an architecture student, UQ was able to continually re ne and redefine my skill set as a designer. I found myself constructing cardboard shelters on Stradbroke Island, as well as a few too many late nights getting that essay just right.

More importantly, however, was not that UQ offered me a set of skills, but that I was taught how to think critically. In a time of exponentially changing technology, learning how to learn is arguably the most important skill of all. Lessons from leading teachers in their field, an independent and enthusiastic body of students and experiences such as studying abroad have done this.

Isabella Fyfe

Bachelor of Architectural Design Student of Architecture, m3architecture, Brisbane

I chose to study at UQ as it was the highest-ranked university in my area. My undergraduate experience at the School of Architecture provided me a broad design-focused and hands-on skill set. The best part of university for me however was not the set of skills I graduated with at the end, but the many lifelong friendships I made along the way. These friendships will undoubtedly form important business partnerships later in my career.

At UQ I had some incredible experiences, including participating in a student exchange to the Technical University of Munich. My exchange to Germany was by far the most challenging and enriching experience I had at UQ. I was also chosen to participate in the 2016 G200 Youth Forum held in Garmish Partenkirchen; my role at the forum was ‘Minister for Environment’ in Committee III ‘From Consumer-based Society towards Value- based Society’.

Over the course of my undergraduate degree, I received a Student Exchange Scholarship, a UQ Advantage Scholarship, was named as a Birrell Scholar, and received the Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence nearly every semester of my degree.

My UQ qualification, high overall GPA, as well as the professional mentors that I gained while studying, helped me to secure my first graduate position at a prestigious architecture firm, m3architecture. Securing this position has enabled me to apply the many skills I have learnt at UQ to real-world situations.

Shehzad Jeevaji

Bachelor of Architectural Design Current student

When I moved to Australia from the Middle East in grade four, my parents decided they would buy me LEGO sets if I got top grades, and my interest in architecture grew from there. This interest transformed into a dream. It became such a strong passion that the decisions I made in regards to education since primary school were directly related to how it would affect my future as an upcoming architect. Straight out of high school I enrolled in Architecture at UQ. It’s been two years now. The close friends, the experiences and knowledge I’ve gained have cemented my passion. I’ve always been keen to learn more and try out new things, so this year I went to work for Shane Thompson Architects, and I have also taken on the responsibility of being the UQ representative for the Institute of Architects’ Student Organised Network for Architecture (SONA).”