Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Zara Fernando
Zara Fernando

Meet Zara

Second Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Civil, Master of Engineering

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Throughout high school, I always enjoyed math and problem solving but it wasn’t until working on a math assignment in Year 11 that I realised I really enjoyed designing and using both calculations and creativity to do so. After looking more into what engineering was and the amazing opportunities it can give you, I knew it was the course I wanted to apply for.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

When I was in first year, I was still unsure on which specialisation to choose, which made the flexible first year great. It wasn’t until my first statics course that I realised I was really interested in analysing structures and that a career in Civil Engineering was for me. Civil Engineering also has a diverse range of career paths including structural, transport, environmental, and fire engineering which made it even more exciting.

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

I wish I knew the amount of support available through the university, including assistance with employment, classes and content as well as help with organisation and study skills. There are many facilities and resources available through UQ so reach out if you need.

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

Engineering at UQ has strong industry connections and sets graduates up for employment. The flexible first year is also great if you’re unsure exactly which discipline to go into.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Try and get involved in as many clubs and networking events as you can. They are a great way to meet new people and build connections for the rest of your degree and career. The First Year Engineering Learning Centre is also a great place for studying and getting help so use it as much as you can.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is one of my favourite examples of engineering and it was amazing seeing it in person.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I would love to work as a structural engineer and get the chance to travel around the world. Working on unique and amazing buildings and bridges globally would be a dream come true.

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

I hope to inspire and encourage young students to pursue engineering. I’d love to communicate to others what engineering really is about and how exciting it can be. I also want to support new engineering students in their first year and help them have a great start to their degree.