The School of Engineering has had many successful graduates from all areas of study. Find out what our students say about their experience and where it has taken them.
Associate Degree in Engineering
Striving to work in the aerospace industry, with the burning desire to be an astronaut, Tristan Perkins chose the University of South Australia because of its close links with the International Space University through the Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program. What further appealed to Tristan were the extensive facilities for mechanical pursuits and the University of South Australia’s ranking in the Times Higher Education top 100 for engineering and technology as the highest ranked University in South Australia.
When asked about his campus at Mawson Lakes, Tristan says ‘it’s excellent. The campus is massive, with lots of open space environments, filled with modern facilities’. Further to his study at the University, Tristan recently applied and has been shortlisted for the Mars One mission, meaning he may be one of the first people to live on Mars. Based in the Netherlands, Mars One aims to establish the first human settlement on Mars by 2023.
Bachelor of Engineering
The ability to use creativity in solving everyday problems attracted Samuel Rodda to pursue a career in engineering. Samuel has enjoyed the opportunities that come with studying at the University of South Australia, particularly the Global Experience program.
Undertaking a trip to Cambodia in 2012 as part of the program, has been the highlight of Samuel’s studies so far where he ‘performed field work and research specific to his (my) degree,’ which has now been used to develop a thesis for his final-year project.
Samuel recommends that high-school leavers deciding their future paths need to find an activity that they are excited by, or energises them and ‘then focus your efforts on building a career around this.’ ‘Life is not about study. It’s about you.
PhD - Bio-inspried vision/ Signal processing
Daniel Griffiths’ project is at the edge of innovation in autonomous systems and mechatronic engineering. Combining an other-worldly blend of algorithms inspired by the nervous system of a fly with the latest technology in machine vision systems, 21 year-old Daniel’s work is something of a leap in bio-inspired engineering, an innovation with very real implications for the defence industry.
‘I chose this field because when I was young I always wanted to solve problems. UniSA was my first choice because it’s recognised around the world as a great place to find solutions through engineering and technology