Australian YM Profile: Matt Springer

Name: Matt Springer

Role: Project Engineer

Company: MiniFAB (Aust)

Location: Melbourne

Institution Roles & Duration:

  • Oceania Region Web Editor – 2012- Present
  • Australian Branch Asst. Hon. Sec & News Bulletin Editor - 2011-2014
  • Australia Young Member Section Digital Media Rep. - 2013 - present
  • Victorian Young Members Rep. - 2010 - 2014


  1. How did you get involved with the Institution?

    In 2003 between school and university I undertook a full time Industrial Placement through the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineers, they encouraged membership of a relevant professional body.

    I started to become more heavily involved in 2007 when founding my University’s Formula Student/FSAE team with some Uni mates. When I moved to Australia I couldn’t help but get involved with the Institution and getting the “engineering is awesome” message out there.

  2. What is your day job?

    I work in Medical Diagnostics, which means detecting things from if you're pregnant to DNA finger printing or if you’re infected with a disease. As the Project Engineer for a product development consultancy and manufacturing company my day job is incredibly varied. I design and develop disposable test devices, using microfluidics and advanced manufacturing techniques (i.e. lasers, metallisation and novel injection moulding). I’m very lucky to be able to lead projects from an idea, testing prototypes to validating a product.

  3. What keeps you busy outside your day job?

    One of my biggest pursuits is volunteering for the Institution, I am in the process of handing over my role as the News Bulletin Editor which has been an amazing experience and I have learnt a lot about printing design and article writing. I also keep the digital media streams flowing with interesting articles and information about the Institution and upcoming events.

    When not volunteering I love travelling around Australia and all the countries in the Asia Pacific. Any available long holiday, public holiday or shut down is spent travelling. I can check off all the states and mainland territories but I haven’t finished yet, next trip I’m hoping to see the whale sharks in Exmouth, WA.

  4. Most exciting project you have worked on?

    The most exciting would have to be designing a DNA finger printing disposable cartridge, for rapid DNA profiling. Whilst highly confidential it meant working on the edge of advanced technologies for manufacturing, micro-machining, electro-chemistry and integration within a high-tech system. The product hasn’t launched yet but the possibilities for forensic use are massive. It would mean the TV show CSI would be a massive leap closer to reality.

  5. What kind of project would you like to work on?

    A well-resourced and very well planned project to deliver a low cost diagnostic platform to help control and treat HIV and TB in the developing world.

  6. What do you see as the engineering challenge for the future?

    Population and energy security, both huge problems now but will only get more significant. As aging western populations age, with increasing support and longer life expectancy of developing nations with no letup in population growth engineers will be faced with a steeper challenge of providing services and quality of life that everyone is used too. This is all while uptake of engineering and science is decreasing.

  7. What does being part of the Institution mean to you?

As a member and recently chartered engineer with the Institution, it means I have succeeded in one of my goals. Along the way I have become more passionate about spreading the message of what engineers actually do! The Institution works around the world to ensure engineer’s voices are heard at all levels, government to school children.

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