Why did you choose to study at UNSW?
I chose to study at UNSW because of the friendly vibe at UNSW events I attended during my HSC. While I wanted a good quality education, I also wanted to make sure I was attending a university that I would enjoy during the time I wasn’t in class.
What motivated you to choose the double degree that you’re studying?
I chose this degree because my future career goal is to work in the mineral mining industry. I’ve been able to learn all about processing equipment design and optimisation as part of my Chemical Engineering degree and about mineral structures and physical landforms in my Geography degree. It’s a perfect combination of skills to take into a graduate role in the mining industry.
What’s kept you motivated during your study at UNSW?
One of the things that’s driven me to achieve more is the real-life projects that I’ve been able to work on. Applying the knowledge you learn in class to a project that could have a real impact on people and the environment is really rewarding. Working on these projects and envisioning their impact has motivated me to learn more and develop better solutions.
What are some of the most interesting projects you've worked on at UNSW?
Field trips are definitely one of the more interesting things that I get to do. For my Science degree I got to travel around NSW collecting data and exploring natural phenomena. It’s a great opportunity to put in-class learning into practice.
In my final year Chemical Engineering Project, our group developed a full-scale operating plant to extract lithium from waste oil-gas brine. It was challenging but extremely rewarding and showed me what life may be like as a chemical engineer.
How has UNSW opened your mind?
Every subject I’ve studied has challenged my mind in some way or another. I’ve often found that there’s not always a perfect solution to a problem. I’ve started to think more creatively and critically about course content which I think will help me become a better engineer or scientist in the future.
How has your study at UNSW prepared you for the workforce?
The two internships I completed have helped me feel career ready. I worked as an Undergraduate Process Engineer in the water industry. It was great to apply the skills I’d been learning to an actual job. My other internship was at UNSW, in the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology, investigating the properties of membranes and how their configuration can be improved in humanitarian applications.
What advice would you give to future students?
Pick a degree that you’re passionate about! Pursue something that gets you excited about attending university and going to work when you graduate.
Seek out as many internships as possible throughout your degree not only to gain employability skills but also to try out possible career pathways.