Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Aira Fabello
Aira Fabello
Meet Aira Fabello

What do you study?

Bachelor of Engineering (honours) majoring in Electrical Engineering

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

I always enjoyed doing maths and science in high school and because of this, I was encouraged to participate in an engineering camp when I was in year 11. I enjoyed the various different types of work that we were able to be involved in – one day we were building robots and writing code so that it could move past some obstacles and the next we were building a wall out of sugar cubes! Although this covered a range of different engineering disciplines, it made me realise how practical engineering is, which sparked my interest to pursuing it in university.

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying?

When I first started engineering, I really wasn’t too sure what discipline I wanted to do so I decided to do courses that covered multiple disciplines in my first semester. I immediately knew I wanted to do Electrical engineering after completing a first year course that introduced me to electrical systems which I really enjoyed.

What is one thing about university or engineering that you wished you knew earlier?

You have more access to a range of resources, facilities and support than you might realise. Definitely take the time to explore the campus and online resources to see what’s available (like 3D printers, labs, online databases and software licenses) – it might even come in handy when you’re doing your work experience!

What made you pick engineering at the University of Queensland over other universities?

With UQ ranking in the top 50 of the world’s best universities, I knew that choosing UQ would provide me with the lots of great opportunities while I’m completing my degree. Another factor was the beautiful campus!

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Try and get involved in as many things as you can at university! Join clubs, attend social and networking events, and apply for exchange programs. It’s a great way to make friends, meet like-minded people and even push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s also never too early to start looking out for opportunities to get some engineering experience!

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

Augmented reality! It has such a wide variety of applications ranging from mobile apps like Snapchat to helping improve safety and maintenance in asset-intensive industries.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

Anything that’s diverse and would allow me to travel! I’ve always enjoyed being able to learn new things through different projects. I also like to travel and work with diverse group of people so being able to explore new places for work and meet people of different cultures would be awesome!

What do you hope to achieve as a WE student leader?

I hope that by clarifying any misconceptions students may have about engineering and sharing my own experiences, I could encourage more students especially females to study engineering. I also know how difficult it can be adjusting to university life, so I want to help students better transition to university life by giving advice and support.