Victoria Barnes

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Master of Engineering (Chemical and Environmental Engineering)
Liveris Undergraduate Scholar

Victoria is currently undertaking an integrated Bachelor and Master of Engineering majoring in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. After relocating from Mississippi, USA, to Noosa, Queensland at the start of her Year 10 schooling, Victoria graduated high school as the Dux of her College, receiving an OP 1 (ATAR 99) and had already started her leadership journey with experience as Vice-College Captain. Since commencing at UQ, Victoria became the recipient of a UQ Excellence Scholarship, and was extremely honoured to be among the first cohort of Liveris Academy Scholars.

In high school, Victoria discovered a passion for using chemistry to solve real-world problems and knew that she wanted to use her skills to invent new ways to limit the waste that ends up in our environment. She believes that chemical engineers are going to be exceedingly important changemakers for creating a more sustainable world and tackling the global climate change challenges that we are already starting to experience in the 21st century, which will only get worse if significant change does not happen soon.

Since starting at the Liveris Academy in 2019, Victoria has been inspired numerous times by the stories of world-class leaders and their own leadership journeys. One of the most surprising things she has taken away is the importance of young talent going into politics, even those who are studying chemical engineering rather than the arts. Victoria admits that she never thought that she would ever go into government leadership but her experience in the Liveris Academy has opened her eyes to the possibility of this career avenue.

Victoria Barnes