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About Steve Mackay

Dr. Steve Mackay is the founder of the Engineering Institute of Technology. He firmly believes in Nelson Mandela’s mantra that, “Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.” His leadership has inspired EIT’s unique and distinctive approach to engineering education.

Since 2008 three core objectives define the essence of the institute:

Collaborating comprehensively with industry to ensure graduates are job-ready.
Employing platforms of learning to facilitate student accessibility and engagement.
Keeping the business of education student-centric.

Dr. Mackay has enjoyed a varied career in engineering, having worked in automation, data acquisition, instrumentation, data communications, and process control throughout Australia, Europe, Africa, and North America over the past 35 years. He has successfully pioneered the application of new technologies in Australia and overseas, installing industrial data communication systems and implementing live online education, (including remote laboratories), for engineering students worldwide. Dr. Mackay has been involved in a range of industries, including power stations, mining, mineral processing, oil/gas/petrochemical plants, and platforms. He has presented courses on industrial data communications, data acquisition, instrumentation, and process control to over 30,000 engineers and technicians worldwide for clients such as NASA, Rolls Royce, and BP. He has also co-authored and edited 25 engineering books that have been published across the world. Dr. Mackay is a Fellow of Engineers Australia with a license to practice as a Chemical, Mechanical, and Electrical Chartered Professional Engineer. As Dean of the Engineering Institute of Technology, Dr. Mackay leads the institute in providing microcredentials and engineering qualifications to over 2000 students per year from 140 countries. He has an unswerving focus on student outcomes and on excellence in education.

Another reason to take the stairs? Elevators in a pandemic

August 17, 2020 12:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Another reason to take the stairs? Elevators in a pandemic

It is estimated that in the United States alone, elevators travel up to 4.5 million miles every single day. The 31st of July is International Talk In An Elevator Day — it encourages people to engage with someone in an elevator, instead of looking down at their devices and ignoring their surroundings. However, for the [...]


Segway ends production of its iconic two wheeler

August 17, 2020 11:40 am Published by Comments Off on Segway ends production of its iconic two wheeler

It was hailed as the next giant leap for personal transportation. Now, it seems, the idea has become redundant. The Segway PT was a one-person electric vehicle that was brought to market in 2001 — with extreme hype and expectation. Nineteen years later, the self-balancing, two-wheeled personal transporter is being discontinued. It seems that lower [...]


Lighting the path forward for illumination engineers

August 17, 2020 11:01 am Published by Comments Off on Lighting the path forward for illumination engineers

Lighting design brings together art and science: requiring the designer to apply both creative, visually appealing, and effective spaces. Lighting professionals work in a variety of roles and project areas: malls, hospitals, residences, roads, tunnels, sports arenas, and more. The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is offering a 52856WA - Advanced Diploma of Illumination Engineering [...]


Energy sector engineering solutions published by EIT professionals

August 17, 2020 10:26 am Published by Comments Off on Energy sector engineering solutions published by EIT professionals

A lecturer and a postgraduate student from the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) recently virtually attended the 29th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE2020) from the 17th to the 19th of July. ISIE focuses on advancements in knowledge, new methods, and technologies relevant to industrial electronics - along with their applications and future developments. [...]


The time for future-proofing yourself and enhancing your skills is now

August 12, 2020 10:55 am Published by Comments Off on The time for future-proofing yourself and enhancing your skills is now

Lifelong learning is imperative for an engineer. Sometimes it is thought of as an informal process consisting of collecting small skills after university graduation and applying them to whatever the engineer's daily tasks are. While that may be true, continued professional development within the industry you are working in is crucial too. In an ever-changing [...]


How to refine your study methods for online learning

July 20, 2020 11:11 am Published by Comments Off on How to refine your study methods for online learning

Online learning suits self-starters and people who really want to learn, but it can be a challenge because students need to have discipline and self-motivation in establishing effective learning and study methods.  As we launch into a new financial year and, for many, a new academic semester, it is time to review, revisit, and refine [...]


How EIT provides next-generation exam invigilation

July 20, 2020 10:30 am Published by Comments Off on How EIT provides next-generation exam invigilation

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many education institutions to take entire campuses online almost overnight. Despite a massive growth and adoption in online education technology in recent years, many institutions struggled to translate their on-campus delivery methodology to an online environment and, in particular, were unprepared in how to ensure academic integrity online. This has resulted [...]


How do engineers move an oil rig?

July 13, 2020 1:29 pm Published by Comments Off on How do engineers move an oil rig?

How do engineers move something as heavy as decommissioned offshore oil rigs? How about moving two at the same time? Oil and gas rigs can weigh up to 50,000 tons, far outweighing what tugboats are capable of moving. Transporting monumental cargo out at sea is complex work that requires complex vessels to do the heavy-lifting. [...]


Meet EIT On-Campus Lecturer: Dr Yuanyuan Fan

June 23, 2020 11:53 am Published by Comments Off on Meet EIT On-Campus Lecturer: Dr Yuanyuan Fan

A passionate electrical engineer and educator, Dr Yuanyuan Fan is a course coordinator and on-campus lecturer at EIT’s Perth campus in Australia, working to develop the future generation of industrial automation and electrical engineers.  Dr Fan studied at the North China Electric Power University, earning her bachelor degree in 2010, and subsequently her master’s degree [...]