Discover why Grace chose East Tower as her home

2021 Future Innovator Grace Brown shares why she made East Tower her home and how it’s helping her build a brilliant career in computer engineering.

By day, engineering student and Future Innovator winner Grace Brown spends a lot of her energy thinking about worlds far beyond our universe – or at least, the technology that helps humans explore it. It makes her appreciate the comforts of her apartment in East Tower, Melbourne Quarter all the more. It’s a place that helps her feel connected to her friends and her community.

“I just feel very secure here,” she says of her home.

Currently studying her Masters in mechatronics engineering at Melbourne University, the Brisbane-born and raised engineering student is working at the cutting edge of Australia’s growing space industry. Just 21, she’s already had a role as a software engineer on the fabled Mars Rover project. Her ‘Abby Humanoid’ project – designing and building a social companion humanoid that gives hugs and interacts with people – won Vogue magazine’s prestigious Future Innovators award in November 2021.

But in late 2020, after the first wave of Covid lockdowns, Grace found herself on the hunt for a new home.

“Everyone in my student accommodation was going back to their own country,” she recalls. “I was quite lonely and I really wanted to get a dog.”

For Grace, East Tower ticked all her boxes. “The facilities are so fantastic, you feel like you’re living in a hotel all the time,” she says.

A keen swimmer, Grace appreciates access to the pool and gym, as well as the landscaped surrounds and walkways she can walk her dog, Milo. “Often I’d take her down to the gardens and we’d have a picnic.”