Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Amorita Combis
Amorita Combis
Meet Amorita Combis

What do you study?

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Chemical and Biological Engineering

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

Throughout high school I was very maths and science orientated so when it came time to look at university courses engineering was suggested to me by many of my teachers. I was pretty hesitant initially because in my head I’d viewed it as this daunting and unattainable course. However, after exposure to engineering through my uncle, a chemical engineer, I realised that it was actually the perfect course for me. It offered such a great balance of analytical thinking and theory combined with creativity and collaboration.

Why did you choose the discipline you are studying?

I’ve always been really intrigued by the health industry and the impact engineering and technology are having on medical applications including the development of artificial organs or the application of tissue engineering. The choice to study chemical and biological engineering was obvious as this discipline uses engineering principles to tackle biological and medical issues.

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

The diversity of the career outcomes that exist within engineering as well as the wide range of industries that you can work in. I had no idea how varied the work can be as well as all the endless opportunities engineering has to offer.

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

Engineering at UQ is a very highly ranked degree especially Chemical Engineering which is recognised as being one of the best programs in Australia within the field. UQ engineering also has so many strong industry connections and links making it clear that it was by far the best place to study engineering.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Get involved in university life! There are so many clubs, societies and events to be a part of during first-year and so many opportunities to get to know other students. Engineering and university in general are so much easier when you have the support of friends to get you through the challenging times.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

Nanotechnology is revolutionising the detection and treatment of cancer and other diseases. Because nanoparticles are so small it allows just the affected area to be treated as opposed to having to administer a drug to the entire body.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

Eventually I’d like to work in the biomedical field; specifically in the design of artificial organs and other biological structures. I’d love to be in a job where I can use my engineering degree to be involved in designing or creating something that could potentially save or drastically improve someone’s life.

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

During my first week at UQ a WE student leader spoke to me and instantly made me feel welcomed and supported. First-year can be overwhelming at times, so I hope to provide that same support to new engineering students to make feel more comfortable during the challenging times and also encourage other young women to take the leap into the dynamic field of engineering.