Max Mammone, who is currently studying for his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Western Sydney University, talks to create about pushing boundaries, motorsport and building solar-powered cars.
create: What is the value of this engineering degree to you?
MAX MAMMONE: My engineering degree has taught me the foundations required to enter the workforce as an engineer. I feel that an engineering degree opens the door to countless opportunities in the future.
An engineering degree is more than teaching you the technical fundamentals needed in your career, rather it teaches you a way of thinking that enables you to efficiently find solutions to problems others can’t answer.
create: What would be your ideal job?
MM: A personal passion of mine is motorsport. I enjoy the thrill of pushing something to its absolute limits, not only efficiently, but also reliably, and I feel that the motorsport industry does this in a phenomenal manner.
Working in this industry would be a dream come true, as I feel that the motorsport industry develops the new technology for future mainstream automotive companies, and I would really love to be a part of an industry that is at the forefront of research and development.
create: Who is one engineer you most admire?
MM: I’m not inspired by any particular individual but instead the achievements of teams and how they work together to achieve something amazing, for example, the achievement of SpaceX, repeatedly sending rockets to space on their incredibly tight budget is something I really admire.
create: How can engineering benefit humankind?
MM: Engineering is an integral part of everyday modern life. With the ever-increasing demands for productivity and efficiency, the field of engineering grows to meet those needs. Whether it is to increase efficiency, improve sustainability, or lower costs, engineering is already benefiting humankind and will forever continue to do so.
In the motorsport industry, engineering can improve performance, lower weight, improve efficiency and increase speed, all while creating a more sustainable sport with less impact on the environment.
create: Favourite subject in your engineering course?
MM: Mechanical Design would have been the most interesting subject, as it allowed students to push their own boundaries to create a product from start to finish to meet a set of criteria. I believe this was the first subject that truly depicted what the workforce will be like.
For instance, the criteria was to design and build a two stage gearbox. A challenging factor of this, was learning the manufacturing capabilities of particular machines, as well as the cost impact that comes from various manufacturing procedures. This unit is the first to show us that all situations we face in the workforce, will not always have an ideal environment to work within.
create: What is the most important thing you will look for in an employer?
MM: Progression. I’d like to be in a workforce that is growing and is pushing the boundaries, not only as a company but in the whole industry. I feel like engineering is the key to innovation, and without it, we as humankind will never move forward.
create: Are you active in any university projects?
MM: Currently, I am the Team Manager of the Western Sydney University Solar Car Team. We design, build and race the world’s most efficient electric vehicles across continents. Since our win in the 2018 American Solar Challenge we have been hard at work, designing, manufacturing and testing our newest Solar Car ready to compete in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
This October we will be racing our car 3000 km from Darwin to Adelaide against 53 other teams from around the world and we’re aiming for a podium finish.