Dr Michael Myers OAM
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, 1979
Founder and Executive Chair, Re-Engineering Australia Foundation
Michael Myers began his career as a Mechanical Engineer specialising in the design and manufacture of specialist Aluminium structures. In 1982, Myersl established an Engineering consulting practice which became Australia's leading provider of Engineering technology to the Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Mining and Consumer Goods industries and operated one of the largest product-realisation centres in the world.
"The six years of practical experience I gained at UTS made me an engineering outlier, positioning me light-years ahead of the competitors.
In 1998, Myers founded the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation (REA) which is focused on attracting students to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This year REA's F1inSchools program will touch 350,000 school students across Australia bringing together the city, the bush, Schools, Universities, TAFE and Industry in a learning environment which is making a paradigm shift in educational outcomes.
Since helping to establish the F1inSchools program in 2003, Myers has been instrumental in expanding the program and it now involves more than nine million students worldwide in 33 nations.
Myers is the recipient of the Warren Centre Medal; Consult Australia's Presidents Prize for his contribution to Engineering; an Engineering Excellence Award; is a Governor of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering and has held numerous roles on Government and educational advisory bodies. Michael has a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from the University of Technology Sydney, Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Macquarie University and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of South Australia.
Myers was recognised in the Australia Day 2012 Honours with a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to education and to youth through the Re- Engineering Australia Foundation.
His thoughts on UTS
"To gain a strategic advantage in a very competitive globally environment you need to be ahead of the game very early in your career."
"What stands out in my memories at UTS, apart from the beer and pie nights, and thermo-dynamics lectures in the bowls of the Anthony Hordens building, is the incredible level of practical and relevant experience I gained during the six years of studying Engineering in a sandwich program. It taught me very early that it's not what you know that's important, but rather what you do with what you learn which drives success."
"The six years of practical experience I gained at UTS made me an engineering outlier, positioning me light-years ahead of the competitors … and being ahead of the game kick started a belief that I could take on the world and win."