Asian Correspondent » University of Western Australia Asian Correspondent Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:59:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A day in the life of an engineering student Fri, 01 Feb 2013 08:15:32 +0000

I wake up, one eye on the clock. Breakfast, clothes, bus: it’s a bit of a blur.

Flash-forward one hour: I am at uni gossiping before class with my mates who I’ve been friends with since fresher camps in first year. Who knows what I might learn or do today?

For instance:

  • The reason why, when a farmer excavated a hole on his property in Norway, that the soils slumped in a kind of backwards landslide along a four km stretch. This swallowed farms and houses and caused an inland tsunami on the adjacent lake!
  • Or why we should never build the underground parking of an apartment block after construction (China)
  • Or taking apart a lawn-mower engine, examining its innards and stitching it back up again, much like a steam-punk surgeon.
  • Or understanding why my hair ties lose their stretchiness and eventually snap (on a surprisingly chemical and microscopic level).

Four years into my engineering degree and everything becomes more exciting the older I get. I never thought I would find testing soil samples in the lab very exciting, nor being fascinated about  how buildings stay up (there is way more to keep a structure up then you would think).

I often find myself smugly eyeing concrete buildings and nodding like I have some secret understanding with it.

The point I’m attempting to make is that civil engineering (or any other engineering) is incredibly INTERESTING. And it’s a known fact that the engineering students on campus have the best social life. The stereotypical image isn’t true for everyone.

Although, yes, you have to be good at maths and science (although I find that this is something that you can develop, rather than have to be innately), to really succeed in engineering you have to have good people skills and be able to work in groups.

So if you like to be challenged and like to work with other people, go to to find out more about starting your engineering journey with UWA. Because life is too short to be doing something boring.

– Victoria Hann, 5th Year Engineering Student at the Univesrity of Western Australia

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An opportunity to change the world Thu, 24 Jan 2013 01:16:01 +0000

Engineering student David Goddard introduces us to one of the many practical opportunities available to UWA students – working with The Dreamfit Foundation!

Thanks go to Andrew Goddard for editing the video together.

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There’s more to UWA Engineering than study… Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:14:59 +0000

Caitlin B, a 5th year engineering student at UWA, speaks about some of her passions – women in engineering and the student club Robogals.

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UWA software engineer opens up world of mathematics Mon, 07 Jan 2013 04:01:35 +0000

I have a background in computer engineering and have been working and studying in the Information Technology environment for the past ten years. As a woman and mother, I am interested in advanced research for women and children, especially in relation to their education and health.

The area of education, and particularly education for young children, has interested me since my daughter started school and also after my postgraduate studies at the University of Adelaide. Through volunteering in the school system I have gradually noticed that our teachers and young students are facing various technological challenges. Since then, I have designed and developed many technology based programs for children’s education, however my activity in this area became more formal in 2011 when I joined UWA to undertake my PhD.

I introduced a new research project in the school of Computer Science and Software Engineering to investigate how teachers and students can use appropriate computer-based educational applications in the classroom to enhance mathematical achievement.

I strongly believe that mathematics is a language that we just need to know how to learn and teach. As a parent myself, I understand that not every child wants to be a mathematician – however, all children can benefit from strong mathematical skills to aid in decision making and increasing opportunity in their lives. In today’s competitive world, many careers require a strong mathematical foundation and technology skills. The aim of my current research is to motivate, engage and inspire young children to explore mathematical concepts through technology and real world events and settings.

As part of this project, I have designed and developed a novel application that, for the past six months, has been used for teaching mathematical concepts in primary schools with different socio-economic backgrounds around Western Australia. The feedback from mathematics educators, teachers and students has been overwhelmingly positive.

Also during the trial of the software in classrooms, I was inspired by the interest shown by young female students, not only in using the software for learning mathematics, but also in approaching the creator of the software. Their interest in talking to me as a female computer engineer regarding the process of the development of the software and future career opportunities in this area was very encouraging. In most schools, I had a group or individual conversations with young children regarding my professional computer science background and the process of design and development of the software in a very informal and understandable language.

I am still working on this interesting research and it is a pleasure to observe young children enjoying and learning mathematics through the technology in their classroom. I encourage children to not just be consumers of technology but also creators of technology as well.

If you require more information about the project or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on (08) 6488 2238 or email: or visit my research website

Nasrin Moradmand
Computer Science and Software Engineering
The University of Western Australia

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Master of Professional Engineering (Preliminary) – a new way to get into engineering Mon, 17 Dec 2012 01:28:25 +0000

Engineering student Simone B. discusses the new Master of Professional Engineering (Preliminary)  degree, available at The University of Western Australia, including why she chose to come back to study at UWA and some of the benefits of this new engineering option.

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The unexpected benefits of exam period at UWA Thu, 06 Dec 2012 02:24:08 +0000

It’s November, and at my University, The University of Western Australia, this means it’s exam time. It can be quite a challenging time for me as I tend to remain quite idle throughout the semester. This means that when the study break comes around, and I’m supposed to be revising or relearning, I am in fact at my desk cramming like a crazy person!

It works for some, but I should know from experience that it doesn’t work for me. Old habits die hard I guess, and as I’m being crushed by the mountain of material that is my workload, I’m wishing I’d paid more attention seven weeks ago. It’s always like that (for me at least); the first weeks are alright, as I come into Uni thinking: ‘turn it all around Andrew, do better this semester and get those HDs’, but post study-break the lazy creeps back in, and I find myself lured away from the desk, and towards The Tav on weekends or my laptop on the weekdays (playing Starcraft 2). So here I am, cans of Redbull at my side, nougat wrappers scattered everywhere, reading through a textbook and absorbing very little. It’s hard, but with every dark examination period there exists a silver lining. Throughout the years, these are three that I’ve observed:

  1. The exam period reaffirms old friendships, especially for those of us who like to ‘study’ on campus. Often old friends are found, with the exact same dilemma, and those conversations had instead of actual study are some of the best I’ve had. They tend to be 100% honest, and the hilarity that ensues as a result isn’t forgotten.
  2. New friendships are established – the number of people who have helped me during the exam periods, three years in, probably now numbers around one hundred. It tends to restore your faith in humanity, how willing people are to help. However, let me extend some words of warning: people don’t like to be taken for granted, so try to return the favor if you can (if you can’t, buy them some nougat).
  3. We sometimes find we know more than we thought – it happens, and is both a pleasant surprise and a massive vote of confidence.

With any exam, once it’s over, it’s over, and so long as you don’t enter the examination failing, you’ll usually be OK. I’ve been doing alright for the past couple of years, and (so far) I’ve only failed a single unit, and that was because I decided to overload that semester (which turned out to be the wrong decision for me). Overall, what I’m trying to say is: even though university is primarily an institution designed to further one’s learning, it should be taken in your own stride. Every part of the journey is an experience, and I have no regrets.

– UWA Engineering student Yan Chin-Tai (Andrew Gann)

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Launch your career in the engineering industry Tue, 27 Nov 2012 03:07:11 +0000

Networking and engaging with industry are an important part of the UWA experience and as an engineering student you will participate in courses that are developed in close consultation with industry and the wider community.

You will regularly work with industry representatives, ensuring that you have access to technical expertise, gain understanding and experience of professional engineering, and acquire a diverse set of skills. It will also help to ease your transition from student to graduate, and make you an attractive candidate for employment.

A prime example of UWA’s close industry links is the Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED) program. Since 1989, CEED has enhanced the student research experience at UWA by linking student with the research and development needs of progressive organisations and industry partners.

Student using the Cryogenic Calorimeter

Both undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students at UWA have the opportunity to participate in a CEED project, gaining valuable work experience, enhancing employment prospects, and working on a topic with immediate application in the wider community.

High profile collaborations and research projects between UWA and engineering companies such as Apache, BHP, Chevron, Clough, Monadelphous, Rio Tinto and Woodside present you with a range of other opportunities, such as vacation work and graduate careers.

These relationships have also enabled the creation of purpose-specific engineering study facilities such as the Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre, a world-class teaching and practical learning space, and the Clough Engineering Student Centre, a modern base for study and social anchor for students studying with the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.

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Dispelling some common Engineering myths Thu, 22 Nov 2012 04:03:23 +0000

Welcome to the first blog post by the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

We plan to show you what studying engineering at UWA is really like through the eyes of our students. To kick things off, we asked Cameron Fitzgerald, a 4th year engineering student, to dispel some common myths about engineering and engineering students.

What are some other engineering myths you’ve heard? Visit our Facebook page and let us know!

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