Martin Egan

Martin Egan

Industry PhD Student

Industry PhD project title:

How can the “customer first” and iterative approaches of successful Australian and International start-ups be applied to help the energy transition?

RACE University and Industry partners:

UTS and Solar Analytics

Previous education and work background:

Masters in Design thinking from  Central St Martins, University of Arts, London

What attracted you to the RACE Industry PhD?

The close partnership between industry and academia toward a sustainable future, with an expressed focus on the general public



When you were young, what did you want to be when you were older?

Abalone Diver

What do you hope to achieve?

To find the paths of least resistance for the everyday person to embrace and support the coming energy revolution, and to instill in the industry a respect for their customers complex needs.

What are you most looking forward to?

Getting back out to the (vaccinated) people to start discovering their enthusiasm and concerns about our future

What innovation/change would you like to see in 5-10 years’ time?

An energy grid built like a thousand interconnected islands

Fun fact about you:

I won the fast money on ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’, but missed the big money cos the guy in front of me guessed three questions correctly.  Did you know Luciano Pavaroti was a school teacher before he became a singer?

Favourite quote: “This too, as all things, must change”