Travelling opened Sarah Magner’s eyes to the need for sustainable solutions to fundamental problems, and the same concerns inspired her to embark on her engineering and business program.
Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
A school trip to Tanzania when I was 14 showed me that money alone does not fix the issues faced by people in developing countries.
We take amenities such as clean water for granted, but that’s not the case in many parts of the world. Travelling taught me the importance of solutions that are not only socially responsible, innovative and sustainable, but also commercially viable.
A double degree incorporating sustainable engineering and business is a remarkable opportunity for me to contribute towards solving sustainability issues, and RMIT was the only university I found offering a degree in sustainable systems.
I have had the opportunity to use the laser cutting machine and other equipment such as the 3D printing machines, which really enhanced my learning experience.
I have been lucky enough to go on an overseas study abroad program for a month, at the ECE Paris Graduate School of Engineering. While there I completed the Energy and Environment course, which was both interesting and related closely to my degree. The program was well organised and extremely fun. It was a major highlight in terms of gaining independence and making friends from all over the world.
During my time at RMIT, I have received the Scholarship for Women in Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in 2015, and the Sustainable Systems Engineering Prize - First Year 2015, and hope I am well on my way to a career in sustainable building design.