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Professor Steve Wozniak to wow Aussies at UTS

Apple’s superb and super famous co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has accepted an adjunct professorship at Australia’s University of Technology Sydney (UTS). The good Professor will beam in from the US on a regular basis and will make the occasional visit in person. 

It’s the first adjunct professorship in Steve Wozniak’s history and the first at any university: an adjunct appointment that will be anything but junk.

The appointment was announced today, with the University stating Woz will “beam in from the US to chat with students, share his latest ideas and entertain with jokes and the occasional prank”.

As anyone familiar with the great Wizard of Woz knows, he is a pioneering inventor, having created the Apple I computer with Steve Jobs, he is an electronics engineer, a computer programmer, the creator of the first programmable universal remote control, and one of the biggest superstar celebrities of the technology world.

He will be working with staff and students at the UTS Magic Lab, its Innovation and Enterprise Research Lab, as well as the School of Software and Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems in UTS's Faculty of Engineering and IT.

Lab Director, Professor Mary-Anne Williams said: "Woz loves the energy, the vibe and the robots in the Magic Lab.”

Professor Williams said Wozniak is the "coolest person in the Universe" and “provides an exceptional inspiration for UTS students”.

"Woz constantly highlights the new possibilities for technology to change the world and enjoys sharing his insights and experiences. The students have been totally wowed by the attention he has given them – one claiming he had changed her life in less than 60 seconds."

UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Glenn Wightwick said: "It's hard to imagine a more iconic mentor for UTS students than one of the most influential technology pioneers of the modern era.

"The first computer I owned was an Apple II and I spent thousands of hours programming it.

"His history aside, Steve Wozniak remains a leading voice in innovation and a promoter of creativity and ingenuity, especially among the young technologists who will take the next step."

"Woz is a strong advocate for technology and its impact on society," Professor Williams said. "He constantly highlights the new possibilities for technology to change the world and he will be working with us to help UTS reach its vision to be a leading university of technology."

Aside from beaming in, which will be done via video-conferencing software rather than Star Trek-like teleportation which the world is still waiting for Woz to invent, UTS says Mr Wozniak “is expected to arrive for his second visit to the UTS City Campus in December.”

Steve Wozniak has in the past professed his love of Australia, so perhaps the newly minted adjunct professor will now make a few more trips Down Under, where there will always be a few spare shrimps on the barbie waiting for him. 

More information can be found at the UTS newsroom here.


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