Profile: Emily Ducas

Course: MEng Civil Engineering (Year 4)

From: Surrey, UK 

What inspired you to become an engineer?

I have always loved the way that the built environment gives a city, village or even country a unique identity. I’ve always wanted to help preserve these identities through the conservation and restoration of old buildings. Civil engineering provides me with the skills to preserve these buildings and allow them to become part of a pioneering future.

Why did you choose to study your Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol?

Bristol has a brilliant reputation for producing extremely proficient engineers. When I decided to become an engineer I wanted to be taught by the best and become the best engineer I could be, naturally this led me to look into the University of Bristol. Years of experience within the Engineering Department has led to courses that are designed around engineering students, to provide challenges that help us to learn skills that will last us throughout our careers, not just University.

What are the best things about studying your specific Civil Engineering at Bristol?

The best part about studying Civil Engineering at Bristol is the ability to use the world-class Civil Engineering laboratories whilst undertaking an undergraduate degree. In my third year research project I spent most of my time in the laboratories using machinery and instruments that many young engineers can only dream of.

How do you think your degree will support your future career plans?

I hope to work in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings, this requires technical engineering knowledge to achieve, therefore I need an engineering degree. By obtaining a high class degree from an advance institution such as the University of Bristol, I believe I have made the first steps to becoming a well-rounded and capable Civil Engineer.

How do you think engineers can make a difference to the world?

Engineers are necessary in all areas of civilisation. Therefore, by training engineers that are proficient and aware of the impact they have on society and the environment, a lot of small changes can be made that will bring about big changes in the world. For example, an engineer that understands that sustainability is key to a project can ensure that that project is functional for longer and costs less, preserving resources and allowing for more money to be spent on the development of new projects.

What would you say to someone who is considering studying Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol?

Studying this course has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s a challenging course but the rewards are so much greater. You will learn more than you ever believed you could and the academic staff are truly inspiring.

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