Quick Chat with the 2017 Engineering Student of the Year

Jason Johnston was recently recognised by Engineers Australia as the 2017 Engineering Student of the Year.
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Quick Chat with the 2017 Engineering Student of the Year

Jason Johnston recently graduated from a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) from Western Sydney University in April 2017.

Jason began working at Arup in the civil team since November 2016 where he has been involved with various site development and transportation projects across New South Wales including a road intersection upgrade and the construction of a high school. Jason enjoy a range of sports especially cricket and football and would love to be at the World Cup in Russia next year.

Jason was recently recognised by Engineers Australia as the 2017 Engineering Student of the Year.

What is your current job title and function?

I’m working as a graduate civil engineer within the civil team at Arup.

Why did you pursue a career in engineering?

I have always enjoyed working with numbers and problem solving, and working as an engineer provides me continuous challenges which can always be solved in a logical, process driven way.

What is the most challenging or interesting project you’ve ever worked on?

To date, my thesis investigating the feasibility of composite fibre sleepers for use on the Sydney Harbour Bridge was the most challenging, interesting, and rewarding project I’ve worked on.

What does winning the 2017 Engineering Student of the Year Award mean to you?

Winning the 2017 Engineering Student of the Year Award is a great honour as it recognises the hard work and dedication that went into my thesis, as well as my four years at university. While I am grateful for the recognition of my efforts, it is also a testament to the commitment and support I received from my university, especially from my supervisor during my honours, as well as my family. To me, this award is an acknowledgement to all of this.

Why are you an Engineers Australia member?

Engineers Australia provides a great platform to be included within the wider engineering community and access to professional development opportunities to enhance further my career.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you like to have with you?

All I would need is a hammock, some good music, and a six pack of cold beer.

What do you see as one of the biggest issues facing the engineering profession?

Delivering projects for Australia’s increasing and aging population while improving the sustainability of our solutions to minimise our footprint on the environment.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpower to be?

Selective mind reading

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy bush walking, video gaming, and spending time with friends.

Who is your hero?

Timmy Cahill

What makes you laugh?

A well-constructed pun