UNSW Built Environment Industrial Design: Melody Shiue

12 06 2009

Hi again, I thought I’d update you all on life this semester.
Despite the fact I’m not officially doing any 4th year core courses, I seem to be as busy as ever!
I have spent most of my spare time working on my Thesis research with my friend Ben (Mechatronic Engineer) and so far it’s been a lot of fun. Apart from this, I have found myself in the 2009 Scholarship Fundraiser Team which is providing great experience in communicating and negotiating with others – hopefully a valuable skill for later on in my career.
I have also re-done my math subject which I managed to fail horribly in my first semester. This was over 3 years ago, so remembering my yr 12 maths is proving difficult. Anybody who does choose to do Industrial Design (or any course for that matter) MAKE SURE you allocate enough time to maths first time round even though it might seem completely useless in relationship to your degree. You don’t want to have to re-do a subject like maths and there’s just no way around it!
On a brighter note, I have just completed a practical group project that looked at the ergonomic cockpit layout of the 2009 UNSW Redback Formula SAE racing car. We got to work closely with the Mechanical Engineering students involved with this 600cc open wheel custom built racer, which was very fun – check it out here

Finally, I thought I’d talk about the General Education subject I have been doing this semester. “GenEds” are a great part of uni that are usually undertaken after 2nd year; they allow us to choose from a huge range of subjects that aim to broaden our knowledge outside of our chosen degree. The one I chose this semester was called COFA0215: Society Through the Lens,  and was completed entirely online. I learnt how to take meaningful photographs of everyday things, but in a way that could provide good research based information – I have been able to apply these skills to improve my Thesis.
Whilst university life is busy, it’s a good kind of busy.



One response

16 06 2009

It is a very good topic.

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