A strong curiosity about how the world works and an affinity for numbers have given Bachelor of Engineering student Wilson Bow the keys to the future. However, Wilson is not letting recognition of his outstanding academic achievements sway him, instead he has his eyes firmly set on what’s yet to come and finding ways to solve problems.
An uncertain future doesn’t worry second year Bachelor of Engineering student Wilson Bow. Where others might see obstacles, Wilson sees possibilities and a chance to solve problems. His passion for maths and science has earned him top grades and, as a result, he has been inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, which recognises and encourages scholastic achievement for students who achieve in the top 15 per cent of their university.
“I love learning about how the world works,” he says. “I always just loved maths, physics and all the sciences at school.”
Wilson says the honour came as a surprise, but for now he is focused on making the most of university and “learning stuff”. He is majoring in Electronic Systems and Internet of Things and is leaving his options open for what he wants to do after he graduates.
“When we did our general first year of engineering and we got to experience all the different fields, electronic engineering is the one that really clicked most with me,” he says. “It just intrigued me the most out of the options available at the time. While I’m here, I’m focused on getting as much experience as possible and seeing what’s out there — and getting the best grades as possible, of course.”
Wei Xiang, the Foundation Professor and Head of Discipline of Electronic Systems and Internet of Things, praised Wilson for his dedication and camaraderie.
“I would say Wilson is one of the brightest and most hardworking students among our Internet of Things student cohort,” Wei says. “In addition to his excellent academic calibre, I have been well impressed by his communications skills and a sense of understanding others.”
The discipline of Electronic Systems and Internet of Things is the first of its kind in Australia. The course combines electronic engineering with internet technologies, wireless communications, sensor devices, industrial design and cloud computing. Wilson says the new discipline can lead to careers in traditional fields, while also opening doors to exciting new ventures.
“This type of engineering can break into almost all industries at the moment and revolutionise it in some way,” he says. “There’s a chance to work in traditional electronics engineering roles and also scope to have a start-up business where you design your own piece of technology that’s going to address some problem in the world.”
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