5 Questions

Five Questions with Matt Cornell

Matt Cornell - Cornell Engineers
Matthew Cornell 

Hi. I’m Matthew Cornell. I’m a structural engineer with 20+ years structural engineering experience in residential, industrial and small commercial jobs in Queensland. These are my 5 questions.

1. How did you become an engineer?

At school I aimed high and worked hard. I was interested in science, building things, electronics and computers. Spurred on and supported by my fantastic parents, I achieved a good Year 12 result and went to James Cook University to study engineering. At that time I didn’t know I wanted to be a structural engineer especially – it just seemed like a good mix of science and fun.

2. Where do you live and why?

I live in Brisbane now but I grew up west of Mackay, Queensland in a sugar producing town called Marian. Mackay was right for me growing up. It’s a great place to go to school and has a lot of spirit. I moved around after university but ended up back in Mackay for 10 years until 2013.

Now my home is Brisbane. Brisbane is a great place to be growing our business and there’s so much to do on weekends. There’s a wealth of great people with the same friendly atmosphere I grew up with in Mackay. We live on the north side of the river because of its proximity to the airport but we love exploring and finding new places to have breakfast and dinner as far afeild as Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast.

I think Brisbane has a lot of potential and I’m excited to have an office there.

3. What do you like about being an engineer?

I like helping people achieve their property goals. Property is a great wealth building tool but it can also be a great nest egg. New homes and renovations are my favourite types of project. I have great clients that appreciate the service we offer. Working with these people is the thing I like best about my job.

4. What is your greatest challenge?

As a business owner, my greatest challenge is taking time off. Even though we have a great group of structural engineers, our clients love to know they have direct access to me by phone and email. We have projects in design stage and construction stage constantly and I try to be always available if unexpected conditions arise on site. That makes it hard to go away for any length of time. I have a great wife and she understands that I have to answer my phone on holidays – and that makes it ok.

5. Where to from here?

Cornell Engineers has always been about being in the right place to provide a service to people who need help with structural engineering. The Queensland market place has changed since we started 15 years ago and we change with it. We’ll always be here for Queenslanders. Our experience and local knowledge means that we’re a great choice for looking after your property what ever stage you’re at. As we say: Building. Maintaining. Repairing. We’re Cornell Engineers.


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