A century of achievement 1913 - 2013
Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Jade Forlani-Brennan


MPE Electrical & Electronic

If it was easy, everyone would do it. If you want to distinguish yourself in this increasingly competitive world, you have to walk the road less travelled and be prepared to face the challenges along the way. 

Combining my two interests, I am currently completing my thesis on South Korean work culture issues and their implications for project management and specialising in electrical and electronic engineering.

My grandparents did not speak the best English, so growing up I learnt how to communicate with them well. My Nonno (grandfather) was a very intelligent man and did an electrical engineering degree himself however, as he did not speak very good English, he always felt ‘stupid’ when he talked with me. Because of this, I developed a passion for communication. It was this passion that drove me to choose engineering.

In this increasingly globalised world, I believe engineers have the key role to bridge gaps between culture and provide vital communication links between different groups. Communication is such an important skill for an engineer and being able to study another language at UWA has definitely given me a competitive advantage, especially considering the increasing international nature of engineering.

Upon graduation, I have secured a position with Woodside Energy, following a successful internship over the summer break. I chose Woodside specifically because the company does a lot of work with South Korea. My advice for others pursuing their own path is to always chase after your passion, no matter the obstacles before you.