By Cherese Sonkkila
Developing something completely new is no mean feat, but ANU student Thomas Larkin is doing just that as part of his Bachelor of Engineering (Research and Development). He’s in the process of working on a strong new conductive material that could be used in cars, aeroplanes or any machinery that needs strong components that also transfer electricity and heat.
Engineering at ANU focuses on systems engineering, giving students knowledge in several disciplines like mechanics, electronics and computing.
“Companies are looking for people who can manage other specialised engineers, and a systems engineer is someone who can perform this role,” says Thomas.
The exciting projects and extracurricular opportunities at ANU make it a vibrant place to study. In his second year, Thomas worked on a project investigating the use of tiny fibres in regenerative medicine.
He is also the Director of Research on the Fifty50 team in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, a group of students dedicated to improving gender equality in their field.
“ANU has given me the broadest possible taste of what university life should be about,” says Thomas.
Author: Cherese Sonkkila
Cherese is a researcher and science communicator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about ecology and social science and loves getting out into the field.