Lee Turnley has a double degree in Engineering and Science (Biotechnology) from Swinburne University and is a composite research engineer at Boeing Research and Technology Australia. She has also been selected to participate in Boeing’s fast-track management development program.

I think my Year 11 Chemistry teacher helped grow my love of the sciences. She had previously worked in industry so had a lot of great stories about being a science graduate and work life. I found it so exciting and could see a lot of myself in her.

I ended up studying a double degree in Engineering and Science (Biotechnology) and am now a Composite Research Engineer for Boeing Research and Technology Australia. Maths is behind everything we do, from designing, analysing and building the next generation of carbon fibre aircraft parts and testing new materials to introducing automation (robotics) within the factory and building developmental test articles.

Aerospace and engineering is still very male dominated but it is improving as attitudes change. Every year I see more women around Boeing, and this year we have three female interns. It is great to see more girls sticking with science and maths and coming through University and into the workplace.

Lee Turnley is an ambassador for the CHOOSEMATHS Careers Awareness Campaign

CHOOSEMATHS is a joint initiative of the Australian Mathematical Science Institute and the BHP Billiton Foundation.
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