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.

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

As an Engineering Professional or Company You Need a Deep Abiding Sense of Purpose

May 6, 2019 2:22 pm
Dear Colleagues I would respectfully suggest that most people and their companies go about their day-to-day work without a strong sense of purpose. However, in achieving success and fulfillment it is absolutely critical for both you and the business you work for to seek an overriding purpose.   Research Shows...Read More

Is there a civil engineering crisis in South Africa?

May 1, 2019 3:24 pm
Roads are something we use every day. Whether it’s for going to work, school or anything in-between, the quality infrastructure of roads are detrimental to our safety. So what do you do when they start to fall apart? Road infrastructure in Johannesburg, South Africa, is currently under threat. 94% of...Read More

A back flipping robot 'Cheetah' is the latest mechanical marvel

May 1, 2019 2:50 pm
There are two schools of thought when people see a back flipping robot. Some - and they’re probably engineers - find it absolutely awe inspiring. And some have overtly negative reactions and feel a little creeped out by it. Nonetheless, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Biomimetic Robotics...Read More

Electric vehicle fires spark concerns

May 1, 2019 11:36 am
The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has been left questioning media bias after fallout coverage of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle that caught fire in a Shanghai car park. The released CCTV footage shows a white Tesla sedan emitting smoke from either side of the car, and then suddenly...Read More

Making carbon-neutral cheese thanks to Engineering

May 1, 2019 10:17 am
As the world begins to demand increasingly sustainable and renewable methods of power, engineers are having to rise to the challenge to change the routines of established industries that have been operating the same way for hundreds of years. Some of the oldest trades in the world which have constantly...Read More

Chinese engineering companies found guilty of copycat engineering

April 29, 2019 9:40 am
Plagiarism is any creative industry is an incessant problem, allowing people to get away with ideas that are not rightfully theirs. This is particularly evident in China, who is notorious for their knockoffs of products from around the world. However a landmark victory in a recent court case might be...Read More

The Engineering Institute of Technology hosts a seminar in South Africa

April 29, 2019 9:01 am
On a mild autumn day on the 26th of April 2019, the Engineering Institute of Technology hosted a seminar in Midrand, South Africa. Inquisitive, prospective engineers gathered to learn how EIT’s unique Australian qualifications, which are driven by industry, can transform engineering careers. Dr Steve Mackay, Dean of Engineering, streamed...Read More

Dare to Change your Engineering Career Midstream

April 26, 2019 3:05 pm
Dear Colleagues With the rapid technology change occurring today resulting in tremendous career opportunities, there are increasing stories of engineering professionals changing their careers. There is always a huge risk when you change – you could be currently working in a great job paying well and you decide to change...Read More

Engineering a green port

April 26, 2019 12:08 pm
The Port of Ngqura is a deep-water port located on the east coast of South Africa, 20 kilometers north east of Port Elizabeth. Not only is it South Africa’s newest port, but it is also the only port in the country with green status. The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA),...Read More

A fire in the cathedral, a nation left heartbroken

April 18, 2019 2:01 pm
It survived the French Revolution and two world wars. The landmark is part of Paris’ soul, embodying the city’s history and partially shaping its identity through its religious and architectural significance. The Notre Dame de Paris, a jewel in the French crown, and a marvel of civil engineering, has suffered...Read More

Britam Tower in Kenya awarded best in mechanical and electrical engineering

April 16, 2019 12:28 pm
Taking a high-rise structure from concept to completion is no easy task — structural and geotechnical engineers usually face an array of design-related challenges. From vulnerability, to seismic activity, to understanding the risks of underlying soils, designing a tall building is a feat within itself. However, engineers in Kenya can...Read More

Reducing carbon emissions with electric aircraft

April 15, 2019 4:01 pm
Scientists believe if we’re going to combat climate change, we need to electrify all forms of transport. In fact, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the demand for air travel by 2050 could increase aviation sector greenhouse gases by 700 per cent compared to emissions in 2005. As it...Read More

Are flying cars the future of sustainable transport?

April 15, 2019 3:40 pm
Flying cars could be the key to lowering carbon emissions through sustainable transport in the future, according to a new study. The University of Michigan has found while flying cars — which are technically called electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs — are not justifiable for short trips,...Read More

Women in Engineering: Remembering Judith Resnik

April 12, 2019 9:39 am
Judith Resnik never planned on being an astronaut. Her dreams were initially set on being a professional concert pianist. However, in the end, she was neither. Resnik was an American electrical engineer, software engineer, biomedical engineer, pilot, the first Jewish American in space and the fourth woman in space. Born...Read More

Scientists release the first image of a black hole

April 11, 2019 2:08 pm
Until yesterday, every image you have seen of a black hole has been digitally rendered. Despite being theorized for well over two hundred years and being common knowledge to even those outside the realm of astronomy, it has been all too easy to forget that we have never actually seen...Read More

Saying goodbye to emissions with carbon capture and biofuels?

April 9, 2019 3:10 pm
Multinational oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil is working towards a clean energy future. They are embarking on a process of introducing technology into industrial plants that will make them more sustainable into the future. A new television advert from the company shows that their engineers and scientists are working...Read More

Australia’s transition to renewables too slow?

April 9, 2019 2:50 pm
The Paris Climate Agreement is ringing alarm bells for engineering industries around the world. The message of the agreement seems clear: transition or die. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, smog pollution and deforestation issues are no longer something we can undermine. Australia was one of the participating nations who...Read More

Engineering legacies: Rolls-Royce

April 9, 2019 2:11 pm
Engineering legacies are all around us. They are constant reminders of the hard work done by engineers who came before us and how, against all odds, they were able to create incredible industries, build amazing marvels, and improve the world that they lived in. What kind of engineers paved the...Read More

The superhero civil engineer force fighting fatbergs

April 4, 2019 12:03 pm
World Water Day (22 March) has come and gone - blink and you would have missed it. However, an organization that didn't miss it was The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the United Kingdom. They used this day to celebrate the civil engineers making a difference in the world...Read More

Pick-and-place robots get better at picking

April 4, 2019 11:37 am
Pick-and-place robots are predicted to fully replace factory floor workers in the future. However, before these robots take over the floor, they will have to become more flexible with the objects they can pick-and-place. It all has to do with the robot's ‘vision.' Making pick-and-place robots ‘see’ the objects they...Read More

Responsibility to protect the workforce

April 4, 2019 11:08 am
A priority of all engineering companies is the implementation of workplace safety and with the development of new safety technologies, industrial environments are closing than ever to achieving accident-free workplaces. British-Dutch oil and gas company Shell has pledged for the last five years to continually ensure impeccable safety across every...Read More

Whose fault is it anyway?

April 4, 2019 10:50 am
India’s government is under scrutiny after a bridge collapse in Mumbai left at least six people dead and 36 people injured. This is the third foot-overbridge tragedy India has seen in just two years, placing a harsh spotlight on the shortcomings of India’s infrastructure sector who struggle to stay up...Read More

Does it stick? How nanoscale engineering helps keep everything together

April 3, 2019 3:45 pm
A private research university in Rhode Island is making substantial strides in the world of nanoscale engineering. Researchers at Brown University have figured out how things stick together at the nano level, and this discovery could help inform micro and nanoscale device manufacturers. The researchers have published their findings in...Read More

The Green New Steal?

April 2, 2019 3:55 pm
The progressive left and the hardline right: The United States' seemingly endless political stalemate seems to set the tone for how issues are discussed around the globe. And this conversation has extended into the world of electricity generation. The discussion on the types of energy producing technologies America should employ...Read More

Mixed-reality to bring about engineering future

April 2, 2019 11:50 am
At the Mobile World Congress 2019, Microsoft came out swinging. They announced the second iteration of their mixed-reality headset, the Microsoft HoloLens. It is aptly named the HoloLens 2. The new headset will cost US $3,500 but will only be available to companies - and not consumers - for now....Read More

And now for the weather...from an unmanned submarine

April 2, 2019 11:37 am
Chinese scientists have developed an unmanned vessel upon which weather rockets will be launched. It is called rocketsonde and was launched from the semi-submersible vehicle (USSV) network built by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics. It is reportedly expected to generate ‘long-term, continuous and real-time marine meteorological measurements, including atmospheric sounding...Read More

20 years of service: The ladies who run EIT in the UK

April 2, 2019 8:11 am
Carol Moverley and Alison Brown have been at the helm of the Engineering Institute of Technology’s (EIT) branch in the United Kingdom for the last twenty years. Their story not only details how technology has impacted on education and training over the years, but how the company itself has adapted...Read More

As Engineering Professionals Lying Simply Ain’t Cool

April 1, 2019 2:29 pm
The Art of Support: EIT’s Learning Support Officers InformationCategory Education10 September 2020Written by: Quintus Potgieter The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is a unique global institute, delivering online engineering short courses, diplomas, and degrees. Students around the world log into EIT’s synchronous online virtual campus to network with other... Read...Read More

Internet of Things, alive and well?

April 1, 2019 2:17 pm
It seems engineering terms are becoming buzzwords within the industry. For example, words like The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, the Blockchain — and more — are all misused in quickly rattled off articles and political speeches. In fact, it seems that the people peddling these...Read More