Profile - Han Zhang

Han Zhang

Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Architecture

I really enjoyed architecture, but I was much better with math, so the Civil Engineering with Architecture degree seemed like the best option. I was still able to become an engineer and also get an understanding of the architectural world. The combined program also allows me to communicate better with architects and engineers during the course of projects. During my time working with a consultancy firm, I found my ability to understand an architect’s view on an issue was very important.

My dad did his PhD at UNSW and I use to visit him at the university as a child, so it was like second home to me. I have lived in Randwick all my life and coming to UNSW was my dream. I went to high school locally and most of my friends were coming to UNSW, so it was great to still be around close friends. UNSW has such a good reputation around the world and especially for engineering. The staff are exceptional and are all experts in their respective fields. The campus looks spectacular and the facilities are incredible, so it was definitely a place I wanted to come to every day.

I am currently doing my honours thesis for my degree and it has been a great experience. My thesis involved experimental testing at the Water Research Lab which was very interesting and hands-on. You get to use the workshop and construct your project, test it and get results back.

My biggest challenge was trying to alternate between the creative, design side of architecture and dynamic, mathematical side of engineering. Architecture was very time consuming, making models, but it was so much fun that by the end I quite liked having to alternate between architectural work and engineering work.

UNSW is not only a great university in regards to teaching, but the social and student life here is amazing. I enjoy going to every Roundhouse party – three times a semester. I was involved in the Yellow Shirts program one year and that was amazing experience. I also participated in touch football at the Unigames where you compete and have fun with various other universities around Australia.