With a passion for physics, Jamie Cox is studying a degree in electrical engineering where he is winning awards and gaining international work experience.
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)
I love what I do because I get to be creative, I get to work with some of the smartest people out there and my work has a positive impact on the community.
Learning about physics in high school really sparked my interest in science, especially with respect to electromagnetism and Einstein’s theory of relativity. Adding to this my love of solving problems and urge to create, engineering was an obvious choice. Electrical engineering was especially attractive because of the breadth of the field.
I decided to study at RMIT after doing a campus tour; I just loved the vibe of the place. Walking around I could see that the electrical engineering facilities were great and I easily got the impression that the academics were leaders in their field.
So far the highlight of my studies and career has been participating in the Australian-German Study Centre for Optofluidics and Nanophotonics (SCON) program. I spent four months working in Germany for the Institute for Optofluidics and Nanophotonics (IONAS) using Machine Vision to automate the calibration procedure for a one-of-a-kind nano-infiltration system. This experience really taught me the value of working to a high standard in your engineering work – either the work is good or it’s useless. The placement also really opened my eyes to the endless opportunities for innovation in high-tech automation.
After I graduate, I’d like to work for a global company in the direction of control/automation systems and develop a career in which travel is integrated. I definitely want to see a lot more of the world and I want to help out wherever I go.