Mark Stroud

Mark Stroud

Mark Stroud

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Double Degree
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce

What made you choose the specialisation/major you studied?

I've always loved building and designing things, I've always collected Lego and Meccano sets and loved building them and tearing them down. Naturally, engineering became the path I wanted to follow. My later obsessions with cars, planes and just anything huge that moved meant a mechanical specialisation was the one for me.

I decided to undertake a double degree with commerce to give me further opportunities down the track as well as to quench my thirst to know what the bigger drivers behind worldly developments were. The commerce degree gives me a global understanding as to why decisions are made.

What was the most interesting thing about the field you studied?

Through my tenure with with the Monash Motorsport team I have learnt many interesting things that simply cannot be taught. Simply learning to work in such a large team environment with now over 80 students from all backgrounds has got to be one of the most amazing and interesting experiences one can have.

Monash Engineering has shown me how to break problems down into their smaller parts and approach each part with an open mind. It's not enough to continue with the norm, it must be asked, why was it done this way in the past, and can I make it better!

What do you hope to do after graduating?

I'd like to see the world's energy problems solved through sustainable and renewable energy. There are so many aspects that this can be approached from, starting with the source of the power, through to the efficiency of the devices and equipment that use it.

The world becomes more complex each day, generating more and more new unfamiliar problems. I love a new challenge and I love to question the norm, there's never a perfect solution. If we as humans stopped trying to progress and better our world for everyone then there would be something wrong.

I want to leave this world knowing I've made an impact, and that drives me to keep questioning.