Steve Mackay - Blog

Steve has worked mainly in the industrial automation and data communications fields throughout Australia, Europe, Africa and North America for the past 30 years. Although perhaps initially greeted with some scepticism, he pioneered the application of new technologies such as industrial data communications systems with great success.

He has been responsible for activities ranging from detailed hardware and software design for control systems to the management of the design, installation and commissioning of complex control systems in industries such as power, mining, mineral processing, oil and gas and petrochemical.

Steve has also presented numerous courses world-wide on industrial data communications, data acquisition and process control and the impact of new technologies on instrumentation and control to over 18,000 engineers and technicians, and has a particular interest in practical and leading edge aspects of engineering practice. He has had 25 of his books (3 of them of which he was a co-author and the remainder for which he has acted as editor) being accepted for publication by Elsevier throughout the world on aspects of engineering. He has recently been elected a Fellow of the Australian Institution of Engineers in recognition of his work in engineering worldwide. In between his engineering activities - consultancy, training and publishing; he is currently working on software allowing real time collaboration and training between engineering professionals located at different locations throughout the world.

He is a professional engineer and has gained a PhD, BSc(Electrical Engineering), BSc(Hons) in Physics, an MBA and a Masters of Management Research. He is currently Technical Director with IDC Technologies, a growing engineering training and publishing firm operating from offices throughout the world which he founded in 1992. When not working he enjoys being with his lovely wife and two children, reading historical novels, drinking good red wine and travelling to remote locations.

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