| 31 May 2024

North Queensland schools meet the Emerging Professional Engineer of the Year

Chloe Turrell MIEAust was named Queensland’s Emerging Professional Engineer of the Year in 2023, for her biomedical engineering work to develop novel medical technologies. 

In May, Chloe took the time to visit five schools in north Queensland to speak to the kids about her work.  

She put together an engaging presentation about her journey to become an engineer and the amazing opportunities she’s had to study overseas. The visits were coordinated and supported by Cairns Business Liaison Association and Engineers Australia. 

Students across all years of high school had the chance to listen to Chloe’s story and learn more about all the different types of engineering careers available.  

A teacher from Bentley Park College said Chloe’s talk gave students a better understanding of how they can best prepare for and support themselves to be successful at university. Students were also able to learn about the range of specialist areas that fit under the engineering banner and the importance of working as part of a team. 

Chloe posed questions to students about engineering challenges she had faced, to encourage discussion and participation.  

A teacher from Trinity Bay Senior High School said many of their students stuck around after the sessions to ask questions. 

“It is always inspiring to see young women achieving such great things and provides opportunities to encourage our young women to consider STEM pathways.” 

During her trip Chloe connected with over 500 students, giving them a unique experience to learn from and interact with a biomedical engineer. 

Giving back to the profession is in Chloe’s nature. In addition to her work in north Queensland she is National Operations Manager of not-for-profit, The Power of Engineering which works to provide practical and creative experiences for young people to better understand engineering. She’s always had a passion for empowering young regional women with the knowledge to pursue a career in STEM. 

If you know (or are) an engineer like Chloe, submit an application for the 2024 Engineers Australia’s Excellence Awards. Nominations are now open, closing Tuesday 2 July.