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.

EIT hosts engineering seminar in South Africa

July 31, 2019 3:00 pm
On a chilly winter’s day on the 23rd of July, the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) hosted the ‘Hot Trends in Engineering, Job Prospects & Troubleshooting Tips’ seminar in Johannesburg. EIT’s Dean of Engineering, Dr Steve Mackay, visited South Africa to speak to an enthusiastic crowd of engineers, technologists, artisans,...Read More

Furthering online education opportunities in South Africa with EIT

July 30, 2019 9:06 am
On 22 July, Dr. Steve Mackay, Dean of Engineering at Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), spent the day at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in Pretoria, South Africa. Engineering staff from universities around the country had gathered for a seminar. Steve was delighted to also welcome two Engineering Council...Read More

The future (and food) is coming via drone technology

July 16, 2019 3:50 pm
It appears capitalism plus mechanical engineering equals food deliveries, with Uber set to deliver McDonald’s via drones in California later this year. Uber Elevate is the department responsible for this — its focus is on developing aerial delivery and transport technologies. According to their website, “The Uber Elevate team is...Read More

Is Machine Learning the Key to Efficient Project Management?

July 16, 2019 11:30 am
Machine learning and artificial intelligence could be the key to simplifying project management. As it stands, engineering project management is an arduous process. Many factors need to be considered, including project lifecycle, scheduling, costs, and quality management. However, engineers in the Silicon Valley are coming to the rescue. Tara.ai  is...Read More

Transitioning into Industry 4.0 with Micro-credentials

July 16, 2019 11:05 am
By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard plenty about the fourth industrial revolution  (i4.0) and how technology has the potential to create jobs we previously never dreamed about. Some commentators have taken a pessimistic view on its potential impact on jobs, with the Australian governments’ productivity commission  estimating 40% of...Read More

Autonomous solutions coming soon to offshore wind turbines

July 16, 2019 10:50 am
Offshore wind turbines have continued to face a glaring problem ever since their conception: their maintenance being a dangerous endeavor any engineer involved. A number of occupational health and safety measures must be put in place to protect these engineers, which ultimately means more money needs to be spent by...Read More

Engineers betting all their chips on AI

July 16, 2019 10:25 am
Engineers are no strangers to technological advancement. The advent of the computer has rapidly transformed the world, and engineers are constantly driving the growth of technology. Development of computers has now reached levels once thought impossible; the automation of virtually every industry perceivable. The breakaway success of computers was observed...Read More

Bikes from declining bicycle-sharing business put to new incredible use

July 16, 2019 10:10 am
Bicycle-sharing companies are rapidly seeing a drop-off in customer interest. At least three bike-sharing businesses have recently stopped operating in the United Kingdom. The companies themselves, some of them from China, are starting to cease operations in their home countries as well. oBike was a Singaporean bicycle-sharing company that kicked...Read More

Australia’s apartment building cracks show corner-cutting in civil engineering

July 16, 2019 8:54 am
Troublesome civil engineering anomalies in Australia’s New South Wales are generating some bad press for the region. The news is that some recently constructed residential skyscrapers may not have been constructed according to national standards. The figurative alarm bells began ringing for Australians on Christmas Eve in 2018. Sydney Olympic...Read More

Engineering students power fish with battery ‘blood’

July 11, 2019 1:03 pm
Researchers at Cornell University have taken engineering inspired by nature to a whole new level. In a newly published study in the Nature Journal, the researchers detail how they engineered a silicone fish-like robot with a circulation system powered by a liquid battery — or as they like to call...Read More

Kenyan engineer bridging communication barrier

July 10, 2019 8:24 am
Kenya is becoming a hotspot for engineering innovation. Keen future engineers have been busy inventing, whilst simultaneously trying to get qualified in their country. They are doing this in the hope of benefitting Kenya’s future and working to solve its societal problems. Roy Allela, a Kenyan software engineer, was inspired...Read More

Chernobyl TV show produces real engineering discussion

July 10, 2019 8:14 am
HBO’s latest drama, Chernobyl, recently concluded its short 5 episode run, drawing global attention to one of the biggest engineering failures of human history. Before the finale of the TV show aired, the show was enjoying the number one spot on the IMBD television show rating list, making it one...Read More

The American inventor who was also a President

July 8, 2019 12:02 pm
Abraham Lincoln was a politician, statesman and a lawyer — most well-known for being President of the United States. But did you know he also had a knack for engineering? He lived a momentous life between 1809 and 1865. During his tenure as President, Lincoln led the nation through the...Read More

Integrating automation into airport ground equipment

July 8, 2019 10:37 am
Industrial automation technologies have been commonplace in the aerospace industry for some time. This innovation is now starting to be seen inside aircraft, and within the aircraft manufacturing industry, airports, and ground support equipment. Aurrigo is a UK-based company developing the world’s first automated dolly. A dolly is used at...Read More

10 fun things to do in Perth this winter

June 28, 2019 2:01 pm
Whilst it can be tempting to rush home and into bed as fast as possible on Perth’s gloomy wintry days, the cooler months are the perfect time of year to explore our bustling city, just without the bustle! Perth comes alive in winter, from film and art festivals to pop-up...Read More

Engineering education for solving problems of disabled and elderly

June 24, 2019 9:53 am
The traditional engineering qualification is going through changes. Universities and technical vocational educational institutions are coming to grips with the changing nature of engineering. The world’s problems need solving, and they cannot be solved with one engineer from one discipline from one university anymore. Some universities and institutions understand that,...Read More

An offshore oil rig diver’s incredible tale of survival

June 24, 2019 9:49 am
The offshore oil and gas industry is an industry well known for its high risk nature. Not only are the employees who work on the rigs putting their lives in danger, but so are the employees who work under it. These employees are the oil rigs’ deep sea saturation divers....Read More

An engineering cold war

June 24, 2019 9:37 am
Huawei. You have probably heard of them - you may even own one of their smartphones. They are the second largest multinational technology company in the world, coming second only to Samsung. With the enormous size of the company, and tremendous force of national pride in China, there are thousands...Read More

The politics of climate in Australia murkier with election result

June 24, 2019 8:51 am
Engineering and politics are intricately linked. The prioritization of certain engineering disciplines and technologies may depend on where leading political parties lie on the political spectrum. In the United States, the Democrats were not supportive of the construction of a new phase of the Keystone Pipeline (an oil pipeline system...Read More

Harvesting the African sun with Kenya’s first utility-scale IPP project

June 21, 2019 3:31 pm
Temperatures in Nairobi, Kenya, reach 35 degrees centigrade in the summer months. Over five hundred kilometers away is the town of Malindi, where a brand new photovoltaic solar project is kicking off. If Kenyan engineers are looking to work in renewable energy, their chance has arrived. The Malindi project will...Read More

Tornadoes thrust engineers into action

June 18, 2019 9:04 am
We are only five months into 2019 and America has already seen 693 tornadoes tear across their sky. Just over the last couple of weeks, the American Midwest has been battered by over 100 tornadoes that have left several states with billions of dollars of damage to recover from.  And...Read More

The underground Wi-Fi transforming the mining sector

June 17, 2019 4:19 pm
Anglo American’s coal mining operations in Mpumalanga, South Africa, are becoming more efficient and safer. They are starting to roll out underground Wi-Fi and equipping their miners and engineers with smartphones. It’s a setup that will cost only $690,000.. Currently in South Africa, telephones are used inside mines to communicate...Read More

3D printing proving helpful in Kenya

June 17, 2019 2:29 pm
Engineering is transforming Kenya into an innovative hub of new technologies that are both helping the poorest of the poor and assisting the growth of the business sector. A startup from the Penn State College of Engineering, Kijenzi, has been training Kenyans in the art of 3D printing. The startup...Read More

A tale of two above-water railroads

June 17, 2019 2:05 pm
In the 1800s the United States was industrializing to the point where New York and San Francisco, states that were quite literally on opposite sides of the country, needed to figure out a central point at which they could trade with each other. They would, via their respective railroads, meet...Read More

Google’s augmented reality search could help propel engineering education

June 17, 2019 1:41 pm
Google I/O has kicked off in Mountain View, California. A keynote speech opened the conference, which will see software and hardware developers from all over the world descend on Silicon Valley to watch and learn how Google do what they do. Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked the proceedings off by...Read More

Electricity in the air: The oncoming electric taxi jet revolution

June 17, 2019 1:30 pm
In 2017, the world got its first taste of the future of electric mobility and looked like something straight out of a science fiction film. An unmanned remote-controlled electric ‘jet’ prototype that took to the skies and experts were more than impressed. The engineers at Lilium, a Munich based startup,...Read More

Wireless charging gaining momentum in industries

May 9, 2019 3:10 pm
Wireless charging technology has had a serious hit or miss relationship with the mobile industry. With some standards being cleared, some technology being engineered and some being still stuck in pre-production, it’s hard to know what’s going on sometimes. However new developments might mean we are closer than we think....Read More

The race to renewable refrigeration

May 8, 2019 4:16 pm
Engineers and scientists have embarked on the race of a lifetime to perfect energy efficient refrigeration technologies. At this point in time, refrigeration technologies are a large contributor to greenhouse gases due to their amount of electricity consumption. A group of international researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have...Read More

Nokia’s 5G-ready factory of the future

May 8, 2019 2:57 pm
Nokia wants to show the world what is possible with 5G networks and automated factories. Not only is the company now manufacturing mobile technologies with 5G embedded within their architecture, but they are also using it to automate their factories. Based in the Finnish city of Oulu, Nokia has built...Read More

How to rebuild a spillway

May 8, 2019 2:53 pm
It was a story of ineptitude, willful ignorance, and oncoming catastrophe. But that didn’t stop civil engineers in the state of California from bouncing back and rectifying what had been neglected. In February 2017, Oroville Dam’s main and emergency spillways were damaged due to heavy rains which exposed the ill...Read More