Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Lily Freestone
Lily Freestone

Meet Lily

Second Year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Chemical and Biological *

* Please note the Biological major has since been replaced by Bioprocess major for students commencing 2021 and onwards

What/who inspired you to choose engineering?

I have always wanted to pursue a career that will allow me to make a tangible difference in the world; one that will challenge me and one where I will constantly be learning new things. One day I came across biomaterial engineering and tissue engineering and I immediately knew that those were the types of world-changing fields I wanted to be involved in.

Why did you choose the specialisation you are studying?

The main things that drew me to pursue engineering are within the chemical and biological engineering field. After more research, I knew that this field of engineering would satisfy my passions for the application of chemical and biological sciences in the engineering field and would open the door to so many different career paths that I know I would enjoy.

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

I wish that I understood how diverse the Engineering field is before starting my degree. No one had ever told me that you don’t need to have your mind set before you begin your degree, they never told me how many different career paths you can follow as an Engineer or how many opportunities can come your way. Warning: there are infinitely many career paths and endless opportunities.

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

The University of Queensland was always at the top of my list. With such a beautiful campus and amazing facilities – how could it not be? But what really made the University of Queensland my final choice was its support for Women in Engineering, the global experiences available and its leading technologies in the Engineering field.

Your best tip for first-year engineering students?

My best tip for first-year engineering students is one I wish I received; to try and get involved as much as possible from day one. It is probably something you hear a lot but that is because getting involved allows you to meet new people, learn more about the industry and I think it really sets you up for the rest of your time at university!

Your favourite example of amazing engineering?

I find all fields of engineering fascinating and brilliant and can’t pick out something that stands out as a favourite.

Dream engineering job when you graduate?

I have always been hugely fascinated by tissue engineering – it was one of the things that really drew me into engineering in the first place. It would be a dream to work with industry leading professionals and engineer such innovative and life-changing products and is one I really hope I get to fulfill.

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

As a WE student leader, I hope to inspire fellow and future Women in Engineering, educate more people on what Engineering really is and encourage more diversity within the industry.