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 micro-credentials and engineering qualifications to over 1500 students per year from 140 countries. He has an unswerving focus on student outcomes and on excellence in education.

Publications and News

AI in IA: From Chatbots to Plant Chums and Hallucinations

29 May, 2023
EIT Dean, Dr. Steve Mackay, discusses the true potential of AI in industrial automation and laments its impact on optimizing processes and predictive maintenance. With the current hype around AI (Artificial Intelligence), its impact on instrumentation, control, and industrial automation must be considered, according to Dr. Steve Mackay, the Dean...Read More

Energy sector engineering solutions published by EIT professionals

17 August, 2020
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...Read More

EIT committed to the further development of female engineers

12 June, 2020
The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is committed to encouraging women to join the engineering industry and supporting our students throughout their respective journeys. In 2017, the World Economic Forum released reported that while approximately 20% of engineering graduates are women, only 13% of the engineering workforce is female. While...Read More

Meet EIT Lecturer Dr Arti Siddhpura

30 April, 2020
Dr Arti Siddhpura is one of EIT’s on-campus lecturers and is a decorated academic, holding a Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia. Dr Siddhpura’s engineering journey began in 1996 at the Government Polytechnic University in India, where she earned in Diploma in Mechanical Engineering....Read More
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Happy International Women’s Day, engineers! There’s work to do

8 March, 2019
Today is International Women's Day. EIT is celebrating the women who are currently filling positions in the engineering industry across the globe. However, most experts are cognizant that more needs to be done to encourage women to enter the engineering industry. The World Economic Forum reports that women account for...Read More
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State Model Diagrams for Teaching Networking – a SOLO Based Evaluation

27 July, 2016
The Cisco Network Academy Program is the world’s largest network technology curriculum with over 500,000 students’ worldwide. An analysis of this curriculum found that it did not provide students with a diagrammatic model that is consistent throughout the curriculum. Without such a model students develop their own which is likely...Read More

Can you calculate pressure in a tank?

9 August, 2012
Dear Colleagues An interesting little (simple) brain teaser for you – no matter whether what discipline or type of engineering professional you are. The ChallengeA tank at atmospheric pressure contains 1 kg of air. The tank is then pressurized with an additional 3 kgs of air. What is the resultant...Read More
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