My Melbourne with Michael Brear

October 11 / 71

Michael Brear with a Hydrogen Engine
Michael Brear with a Hydrogen Engine

What is your unit?

Mechanical Engineering

What is your job title?


Associate Professor

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?


Ten years

How did you come to work at the University?


My wife and I grew up in Melbourne. While we enjoyed working and studying overseas immensely, we always wanted to settle down in our home town. When a job came up in Mechanical Engineering at the University, I applied, and the rest is history.

Describe your typical day


Be woken too early by my son jumping on me in bed, get the kids off to school and kinder, ride into work, meet with graduate students and colleagues regarding various projects and maybe give a lecture, go home, put kids to bed, start working again, in bed too late.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

Working with my graduate students on one of the several research projects we are undertaking. Since we do research on various forms of power generation, all of our projects are concerned with reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants cost effectively, which I think is part of the solution.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Perfect is the enemy of good. This is particularly useful when contemplating the current national debate on energy.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know?

I am a nice person.

 Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Any cafe within staggering distance.

What do you like most about the University?


My smart students and my beautiful colleagues.



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