Like his father before him, Dr Peter Tyree has taken pride in using his engineering skills to better himself and those around him.
The former Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) Faculty committee member at the University of Wollongong, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for "significant service to engineering, and to education".
Dr Tyree served as a member of the EIS Faculty's External Course Appraisal, Innovation, University Research, Planned Giving and Visiting Committees and as Chair of the Research and Development Committee.
"I'm somewhat overwhelmed by it [AM]," he told the Mercury.
"If I can help anyone achieve things in life, particularly might I say doing engineering at Wollongong university where we continue to give scholarships to all, including disadvantaged people, I'd be very happy."
The current Faculty of Engineering chair at the University of New South Wales added using skills acquired to actually make things was very important.
"I just want those who choose to do engineering to love it and use their skills to help people," Dr Tyree said.
"Right across engineering, particularly biomedical engineering into the future is something that I think will inspire people.
"If people are so inspired to have a career doing what they love in engineering and doing well at it, my wish would be granted."