Grace Cannon is gaining hands-on skills through work placements and international experience through her degree in sustainable systems engineering and business management.
Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
I learnt that my engineering skills can create positive social change and there is so much more to engineering than turbines and bridges!
I have always enjoyed studying maths, economics and physics, but I wanted an avenue to use my creativity. At first I wanted to go into commence, but found that it was more academic rather than practical. I was then drawn to the problem-solving aspects of engineering. So a double degree in engineering and business was the perfect compromise!
In my final year of school, I was tired of traditional and static learning style methods. I saw a poster saying “At RMIT we are visual and active learners”, so I felt this was the place for me. When I went to Open Day this feeling was reaffirmed - I found RMIT’s environment dynamic and the lecturers encouraged learning by doing.
I originally started with aerospace engineering as my aim was to use my knowledge on wind turbines. When I discovered RMIT introduced a degree in sustainable systems it was a perfect match – the sustainable engineering industry is where I want to be!
Through RMIT and the support they have given me, I have been involved in Engineers Without Borders. I attended the Humanitarian Design Summit in Cambodia which has definitely been a highlight of my studies. I learnt that my engineering skills can create positive social change and there is so much more to engineering than turbines and bridges!
During my studies I’ve had the opportunity to gain great industry experience, such as an internship with Engineers Without Borders Australia. I’m also looking forward to doing an internship with Piechowski Energy, a small renewable energy firm.
After graduating I hope to be working as a renewable energy engineer that creates a positive social change, ideally managing projects. Whether that is creating new technology that boosts the efficiency of a renewable energy source or making renewable energy accessible to more people – that is where I want to my degree to take me. Hopefully by then I will have a good base of Mandarin, so I could work globally!