Dr Michael Myers OAM
Michael began his career as a Mechanical Engineer and over the past 30 years has been involved in implementing high-level engineering and business transformation technology in organisations across the Asia Pacific region. Clients included Toyota, BOEING, British Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Australia Aerospace, DOD Navy, Australian Submarine Corporation, Holden, GKN Aerospace, DMO, Bombardier, Tata Technologies, Chinese Air Force, Indian Navy, Proton Malaysia and DOD Navy (Aust).
With the goal of bringing inspiration back to young Australians, Michael founded the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation (REA) in 1998 and in 2012 was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to youth through the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation.
Dr Peter Farrell AM
An iconic Australian innovator and engineer who has impacted the whole world with his discoveries.
Dr Peter Farrell is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of ResMed, the Australian manufacturer of respiratory medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep-disordered breathing. ResMed has become the world leader in this field. Peter trained as a chemical and biomedical engineer and comes from a family of engineers.
Australia needs more highly skilled people who are willing to think and be creative. Consider any innovation and no doubt it has been developed by people who have a firm grasp of the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But how do you make these subjects challenging and desirable to our young people? You have to make them relevant and exciting… and that is exactly what Re-Engineering Australia Foundation is doing. Their programs combine world-best technology with applied learning and collaboration with industry. They are causing maths and science classes to fill up and students are asking for after-school classes and being able to go to school during their holidays.
Alan Jones MBE
Alan Jones MBE was the first driver to win the Formula One world championship for the Williams team – in 1980 – and is the only Australian apart from Sir Jack Brabham to become a world champion. He is the son of motor racing legend and Australian Grand Prix winner, Stan Jones.
Alan began open wheeler racing in Europe in Formula 3 then the British Formula Atlantic Championship. He began Formula One with Harry Stiller Racing, Embassy Racing, Surtees and Shadow before joining Williams. He was dominant for a number of years finishing 3rd in 1979, 1st in 1980 and 3rd in ’81. He also raced for Arrows and Team Haas. Alan won 12 Grands Prix overseas. He was the last Australian to win the Australian Grand Prix (1980), he won the Australian GT Championship and also raced in the United States, at the Le Mans 24 Hour and Australian touring car championship.
Sporting Director, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Australia’s Sam Michael has held senior technical roles with Formula One teams – Lotus, Jordan, Williams and now McLaren – since 1993. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of New South Wales, with a thesis on data acquisition systems for racing cars. He started his motor sport career in Australia, initially with rallying before moving to open wheel race cars.
Sam established the Jordan team’s research and development department, responsible for the seven post vibration rig, active differentials, power steering and brake balance systems. He was promoted to race engineer for drivers Ralf Schumacher and Heinz-Harald Frentzen. A move to Williams in 2001 saw Michael as Chief Engineer at races and tests, and in ’04 he was promoted to Technical Director. Sam joined the senior management at McLaren in 2011 as Sporting Director.