Michael Bewley

Michael Bewley

Who am I

Michael

What gets me going

I've spent two summers as a student working for Cochlear in the signal processing team, and am just finishing up a year-and-a-half long programme as a graduate engineer. Over that time I've had the opportunity to get stuck into a whole range of projects – everything from artificial neural networks to wireless technology, chip design, audio processing and project management. Technical stuff aside, seeing the look on someone's face when they hear for the first time, using a product you've helped create, is definitely something worth getting out of bed for.

Why I'm excited to be an engineer

One of the really cool things they do here is essentially an internal venture capital scheme to encourage innovation. You need two things: firstly, an innovative idea that you can investigate fairly cheaply, and is high risk/high reward. Secondly, you need a team of people from within the company who are willing to spend some of their time working on it. The other graduate engineers from 2008 and I won a grant to spend some time and money working together on a little side project we dreamed up (highly confidential of course…). It's been good fun to own a project ourselves, and see a whole range of people from around the company jump on the bandwagon to help us out.

Current Employer and position

Graduate Engineer at Cochlear Ltd.

How I got there

I wanted to be part of a world leading, research driven company that does something worthwhile. That narrows your options a fair bit!

What else do I do

Given that I spend a good chunk of the day staring at a computer screen, I like to get outdoors and active with things like canyoning, rock-climbing and hiking (I just did a 100km charity walk with Oxfam, with our whole team making it over the line in just over 35 hours). I'm also currently trying to program some AI into a 50cm high humanoid robot (in answer to the most frequently asked question – no, it can't get me a beer from the fridge. Yet.).

What I wanted to do when I was younger

I'd never contemplated being an engineer (I thought they just laid railroads) – I wanted to be a scientist. After combining with engineering at uni, however, I realised I wanted to live in the no-man's land between engineering and science – exploring the space between research and design, or investigation and proof-of-concept. I enjoy discovering new things, and seeing them realised in something that not only works, but is used by people all over the world.

 

Sponsors

  • Australian Constructors Association
  • Cochlear
  • Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
  • Leighton Holdings Limited
  • Resmed
  • Thales
  • ARUP
  • KBR