Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Chloe Palin
Chloe Palin

Meet Chloe

Second Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Electrical and Biomedical

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

I have always been naturally curious, motivated and passionate to understand how and why things work. One of my best memories as a kid is saving up my pocket money to buy new experiment kits which transformed the backyard into a makeshift lab. Engineering offers boundless possibilities to change our world. Engineering allows me to use my passion and drive to make a positive difference to solve problems and improve other people’s lives.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

I am currently in my second year studying Electrical Engineering specialisation with a major in Biomedical Engineering. As someone who has a passion to learn and help others, whilst also having a passion for physics, biology and mathematics, I was most drawn to Electrical and Biomedical Engineering as it bridges the gap between biological and computational principles, developing technologies that ultimately improve and save peoples lives.

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

Do not be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling. Your tutors, lectures and peers are there to help you! They in fact want to help you and are definitely not as intimidating as they may seem.

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

UQ engineering offers a flexible approach that enables immersion into all disciplines. The UQ program offers an emphasis on teamwork, communication skills and project management. Not only is UQ one of the best universities in the world, but the exciting campus lifestyle highlights the true essence of university life. For the future, UQ also has incredible graduate career prospects.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

Time management is crucial. What I found most useful was investing in a study planner to note down all assessment dates, lecture/tutorials, course group project meeting times, and other commitments, to make sure I was well prepared and organised. Having, and actually using, a diary made me feel a lot less stressed by being able to strategically plan out my time when there was a lot of assessment due at once. Asides from time management, in first year I really strived to put myself out there and meet as many of my peers as I could. Meeting like-minded people has truly been one of the best aspects of university life.

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

I cannot get enough of the Hubble Space Telescope! Whilst it produces pretty images (cue the Pillars of Creation), it also has provided boundless amounts of insight and information about our universe. It is truly a marvel of engineering.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

Anything that will help me make a difference in peoples lives. I would love to work alongside humanitarian groups to sustainably enhance the worlds resources to improve the lives of others, especially those facing incredible hardship. I hope to be able to provide essential and critical medical technologies to save peoples lives.

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

It would be an absolute privilege as a WE leader to share my own inspirations and passions, playing an active part in a movement of strong-willed female engineers that stand as role models to encourage and support all in the field. I hope to showcase the boundless opportunities and possibilities that are found within the marvellous world of engineering through an exciting, supportive and encouraging way.