Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Meet Ahn
Meet Ahn
Meet Ahn

What do you study?

I am currently undertaking the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering majoring in Biochemical Engineering. This discipline is a specialism of chemical engineering with focus on the development of drug therapies, synthetic materials, and environmental and industrial applications that engages biological components instead of conventional approaches. For example, designing and optimising living cells such as microalgae to manufacture a wide range of products, from biodiesel to antibiotics, on a large scale.

Why did you choose to study at UQ?

The foremost reason is really straightforward, I believe, but it carries a lot of weight in order for me to make the decision. I have always been passionate about problem solving and I want to dedicate my future to studying and applying STEM to help other people’s lives. From an international student perspective, with their global reputation, national-leading teachers, premier institutions and diverse demographics, I recognise that UQ is an excellence incubator for new talents, not only to learn but to also develop professionally and make more social connections with other talented and great minds. Additionally, UQ also offers a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities from their affiliated clubs and students societies, Summer and Winter Research Programs, Start-up Adventures, etc. which could undoubtedly offer me invaluable experience to improve my aptitude in multi-areas. Ultimately, I chose UQ since the university can push me to my limits, redefine my limits, and give me the opportunities to strive to be a better person and a better engineer in other ways.

Why did you choose to study your discipline?

I think the main drive is that I have a clear goal in mind what I want to do in the future. I have always been fascinated by human wellbeing since I was young as I used to be a volunteer for the Vietnamese Red Cross. This encouraged me to seek more knowledge and I was impressed by how gene therapy can improve patients' defected cells to treat their illness. Hence, I decided to commit myself with this discipline to study, research and apply chemical, biological with engineering principles for the goal of improving healthcare and make it available worldwide, especially to countries lacking in finance. Decisively, my future career ambition is to develop novel biological processes that allow the use of the wide amount of genomic information generated to address new biological and biomedical questions.

What advice do you have for prospective students interested in studying engineering, architecture, computer science and/or information technology at UQ?

The most important thing is that you need to push yourself and take initiative in your studies. Time management is the most crucial aspect to keep up with the workload. Nobody was born a genius as everyone works hard to become the best version of themselves. However, it always better to work smarter, not harder. And if you struggle during the process, there are people from different student teams and learning advisers who are happy to help you throughout the process. Knowing that you are not alone in this journey is really reassuring and keeping you moving forward. On the other hand, university is not only about studying, it is also about networking and rebuild yourself as a better person. UQ has more than 220 student clubs and societies for you to take part in and improve your professional, academic and interest-based skills as well as potentially life-long friends. Life moves fast in UQ and there are many more opportunities – for fun, for work or both- but when the path you choose gets difficult, it will be very helpful to rekindle your passion and sense of purpose.

What is your favourite place on campus?

I have two favourite places in campus. One is the small hill that overlooks UQ Lake. The trees around there provide perfect shading for the surround seats, making this a perfect spot for studying or relaxing. Moreover, when the jacaranda season comes, the scenery is absolutely spectacular and breathtaking. My other favourite spot is the UQ Art Museum near the Biological Sciences Library. One of the main reasons is because of a small coffee shop called Darwin with exceptional coffee whenever you need some caffeine recharge. If you are a member of UQ Union, you will receive 10% off for every purchase as well (also at other UQU outlets). The other reason that makes this my go-to destination is to immerse myself in the UQ extensive art collection as well as the dynamic program of exhibitions. Not only does this help refreshen and ‘reboot’ my brain but also evokes my curiosity to explore other perspective of different issues, thereby, inspiring me to come up with more creative solutions.

What do you love most about your degree?

Studying engineering at UQ has been one of the best decisions in my life. The course content is very interesting and relevant with well planned and executed delivery. I felt very supported in all my first-year courses with all the tutors and even course co-ordinators opening themselves up to helping. Moreover, since I am doing the BE/ME program, this will allow me to undertake a full-time placement in industry or a research project either in Australia or overseas. Consequently, honing me to become more agile and globally competitive.

What has been your favourite moment while doing vacation work?

I got my experience through UQ's summer research program which provided some interesting lab and research critical opportunities. From which my favourite part would definitely have to be application of theory into practice and seeing the potential uses of my work in industry.

What makes you a great EAIT Student Ambassador?

As a former member of the Student Council and different clubs, I am a hard-working individual who enjoys being busy and works well under pressure. The experience from these roles has honed my proficiency in time-management, communication and collaboration skill to complete important and complicated tasks and achieve quality results. Moreover, my experience working as a Prefect has honed my competence to speak in front of large crowds with an engaging and enthusiastic attitude. Through working with people from diverse backgrounds have also provided me with a deep understanding and awareness of differences in both individuals and organizations. I also have a vast experience in promotional endeavours through my years of experience in the school Media club. Not only did I initiate a specialised team, but I also explained and demonstrated our purpose and helped directed the students in the majority of our projects. By providing a clear goal, I was able to guide and inspire our team to bring out positive short- and long-term changes in our school and community. With my passion, enthusiasm, determination and strong commitment in pursuing engineering, as well with my ability in academic, leadership, I am confident that I have prepared myself well to be a good student ambassador for UQ EAIT department.