Kit-Ho Kwok’s studies in aerospace engineering and management are taking him around the globe. He is also gaining hands-on experience through the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition.
Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
Working alongside a team of driven and like-minded students on a new technology which could seriously change the world of transportation has been an experience like no other.
I have wanted to be an aerospace engineer since I was four years old because of a fascination with aircraft and building things. I am a recreational pilot in my spare time and gain great satisfaction from experiencing the physical aerospace theories while in the cockpit.
I chose to study at RMIT because of the practical learning style and the global opportunities for study and work.
A highlight of my studies has been working as part of RMIT team VicHyper, developing a prototype Hyperloop pod. We were the last remaining team in the Southern hemisphere for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition where we demonstrated the capability of our award-winning design. Working alongside a team of driven and like-minded students on a new technology which could seriously change the world of transportation has been an experience like no other.
The aerospace engineering degree has prepared me for the world of work by giving me not only the theoretical engineering knowledge but also the facilities and opportunities to be able to validate those theories and creatively pursue my own ideas.
In second semester of 2014 I went on exchange to Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China. I was able to learn about working in aerospace in another country while applying course theory in practice, such as designing and building a UAV.
After my exchange in China I secured a full-time paid internship at RMIT-connected Memko Aviation Engineering Services to provide technical support for commercial airlines. My exchange at NUAA was a significant factor in securing this position.
Over the summer I engaged in a 12-week engineering internship at QinetiQ Australia providing structural integrity support for the RAAF fleet of aircraft. At QinetiQ I learnt to deliver complex solutions in teams where accuracy is paramount.
This year I will be interning at Sogeti High Tech in Munich, Germany as part of RMIT’s International Industry Experience and Research Program. During my 12-month placement, I will be analysing and optimising structures for global aerospace giants such as Airbus.
I have several ideas which I believe can improve the world’s transport industry. After I graduate, I aim to pursue these ideas to help enable more efficient and accessible forms of transport for people in all parts of the world.