Formula One has always had a direct connection to mainstream engineering. What starts with Formula One, such as aerodynamics or turbocharging or paddle gear shifts, eventually becomes accessible to the masses. Take a look at a modern day car and a lot of that technology started in the design centres of Formula One teams.
We invited Sam Michael, a former engineer and Chief Technical Officer with four Formula One teams, to present at our September After5 but at the last minute he was unexpectedly called away overseas. We hope to have him back here for early in 2017.
Sam is the patron of a very unique engineering organisation established here in Sydney which is also using Formula One…but with a different purpose and outcome. We are lucky to have the founder of this organisation coming to speak to us in Sam’s absence.
Dr Michael Myers OAM is a very passionate engineer.
He built up his own engineering company to become a leader in the automotive, aerospace, mining, rail and defence sectors. At the same time he could see the gradual demise of engineering and manufacturing in Australia. In 1998 he decided to become a champion for engineering and created a not for profit organisation Re-Engineering Australia Foundation. To promote the many reasons why we need to grow the engineering and manufacturing sectors in order to become a better nation. When Sam Michael saw what Michael was doing he wanted to back it and became a patron.
The vehicle (pardon the pun) that Michael chose to use to attract everyone’s attention to engineering and manufacturing is based on Formula One and is a student program called F1 in Schools Technology Challenge which he introduced to Australia in 2003. This is when he met Sam, because F1inSchools is the world’s biggest engineering competition with 10,000,000 students and Bernie Ecclestone and all of the Formula One teams are its patrons.
Michael knew that he had to excite adults to increase their engineering and manufacturing activity AND encourage bright young minds to enter the industry through TAFE and university. He sourced industry-standard 3D CAD software, simulation and analysis software, CNC machine centres, smoke and wind tunnels and computer timed race tracks from around the world to give classrooms a “real world” engineering experience. And, their work is judged by professional engineers.
All of a sudden, teenagers became Formula One car designers and builders!
Since ’03 400,000 young people have been influenced by F1inSchools. They have gone off to amazing careers including working at Red Bull Formula One and a V8Supercars team!
Today, Michael heads up his organisation and is President of the Sydney chapter of Engineers Australia. He is continually on the doorstep of Parliament House in Sydney and Canberra educating politicians about the importance of supporting those who design and make things.
Come and hear a very passionate ambassador for improving the engineering capabilities of our nation…and see how he is using Formula One to get the job done!
Tuesday September 27
Neville Street, Smithfield
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