Adam Steer sees the environment as a series of connected systems. By applying environmental engineering principles via his study at RMIT, he’s hoping to contribute to positive change in the world.
Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours)
You're always drawing on different areas of science and technology to solve the engineering problem in front of you.
Environmental engineering for me was the perfect meeting point between my love of the environment and my need to take on a big challenge. It’s a complex area, you’re always drawing on different areas of science and technology to solve the engineering problem in front of you.
Like all engineering disciplines, it’s useless unless you can apply it to real world. That’s why I decided to study at RMIT, where there’s a practical approach with a focus on the skills you’ll need in the field.
As well as the academic side, I’ve built up strong leadership and communication skills. Working in groups for most projects, you get pretty good at organising yourself and your time to fit the needs of the team. I’ve also had a huge confidence boost in my ability to present and to think creatively through my role as president of the Environmental Engineering Student Association.
It sounds a bit weird but looking at sewage has become one of the most interesting parts of this program. Before I started, I had the same thoughts about waste water management as everyone else, but it’s a fascinating area combining mechanical, chemical and biological components and so important to the environment. I’ve even learned how to make my own waste water management system.
One day, I’d like to lead an urban development group planning stormwater and waste water management whether it be in Melbourne or overseas.
I love what I do because I believe it will help me make a difference in the world.