EngFlick finalist’s future focus on Flinders

First year Engineering student Josh Sweaney is excited about his future at Flinders.
First year Engineering student Josh Sweaney is excited about his future at Flinders.

First year Software Engineering student Joshua Sweaney is more than a little bit excited about the next few years at Flinders University.

That’s because Mr Sweaney, who is a finalist in the Young Engineers Australia’s EngFlick short film competition, has just discovered some exciting (and unexpected) opportunities at his new alma mater.

It’s a slight segue which takes him from talking about his EngFlick video to discussing Flinders University’s new building and pod at Tonsley, its partnership with TAFE SA and the activities of the New Venture Institute Flinders.

Both topics, however, reflect his clear enthusiasm and ambition to stand out from the crowd.

“I’m really excited about moving to Tonsley next year,” Mr Sweaney said. “I’m especially excited about some of the opportunities that might come from the collaboration with TAFE.

“I’ve also heard about things happening at the New Venture Institute at Flinders, which, from what I’ve read, is all about providing opportunities for new businesses.

“I really was not expecting any of that, but all of a sudden I’ve realised Tonsley, the TAFE partnership and NVI can open all kinds of doors that I never imagined.”

With a particular interest in mobile apps, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, Mr Sweaney says he would love to develop a successful business product which he could bring to fruition during his time at Flinders.

“I think a good business opportunity starts with one good idea, so it’s really exciting for me that Flinders is into providing opportunities for these kinds of things,” he said.

Back on the topic of his EngFlick entry, Mr Sweaney reveals a deep appreciation of the complex history of his area of study.

“When I saw the challenge I wanted to explore the history of the engineering profession and look at the origins of where we came from, and where we’re going,” he said.

“I wanted to convey that engineering was an evolving profession which has around for a long time, so that’s the first minute and a half.

“Then it goes to me interviewing four Flinders lecturers in Engineering. I thought, who better to share the purpose of engineering than engineers themselves?

“It also includes some footage I shot of things like the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Centre in the city.”

Although not a novice film maker, Mr Sweaney says it was a new experience for him to produce content for such a specific audience and purpose.

“Videoing and editing have been a hobby for a while, but this is the first time I’ve interviewed people and made something like this to enter into a competition,” he said.

“The great feedback I’ve received from engineers and non-engineers alike, shows video can be a very powerful medium for conveying thoughts and ideas.”

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