Student close-up : Bailey Wu
Bailey completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) with 1st class Honours graduating in 2006.
As a person with an interest in problem-solving and the practical application of theory, Bailey had always considered a discipline such as Engineering to offer an interesting, robust and relevant career path. As a Year 12 student at Marsden High School, West Ryde, Bailey did Extension2 mathematics, physics and software development. This provided an excellent background for his University of Sydney Engineering degree.
In response to the question of "why Sydney?", Bailey responded that he had long been aware of its high academic standards, international standing, links with industry and the relevance of the programs to the needs of employers. The beautiful campus was a bonus.
After completing the fundamentals in years one and two, Bailey moved on to specialise in software engineering, finding the group software development work and the labs operationalising the development work, to be the most enjoyable and advantageous aspects of the program.
For his 4th year project Bailey worked at CSIRO on the Ageless Aerospace Vehicle conceptual demonstrator -a sensor network for non-destructive health monitoring of structures - designing a timer and algorithm to enable all nodes to synchronise in time across the network. After graduation he worked with the Australian Centre for Robotics on various projects including the DARPA Grand Challenge before taking on a full-time role as a software engineer with Thales Australia.
At Thales, Bailey is part of the Naval Division, Underwater Systems. His main role is software development for the Royal Australian Navy which affords him the opportunity to work on a variety of projects including FFG, Collins Class submarines and combat systems.
He comments that the material learned in his program fits well with his role with Thales Australia. Things like requirements elicitation, software design, regression testing and the various algorithms learned at university are all used regularly, giving practical, real-world application to engineering theory.