Woz is moving to Australia to become a professor

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scoble
Photo: Robert Scoble

Steve Wozniak changed the world when he co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs to create the first personal computer. Now, after revolutionizing the tech world, he’s ready to impart his wisdom upon the top tech minds in Australia.

University of Technology, Sydney announced that it’s hired Woz on as an adjunct professor for the school, where he’ll start teaching in December.


Woz has spoken openly of his love for Australia over the years, and even revealed in 2012 that he’s in the process of becoming a full-fledged citizen. The district around the University of Technology Sydney is gaining momentum as a technology hub, with Google Australia headquarters also nearby.

As an adjunct professor at UTS, Woz will be part of the university’s Magic Lab that focuses on innovation and enterprise by conducting research in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. Lab director Mary-Anne Williams had the following to say regarding the high-profile hire.

“Woz loves the energy, the vibe and the robots in the Magic Lab. Woz is a strong advocate for technology and its impact on society. 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. 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.”

The appointment as professor is the first of its kind that Woz has accepted at any university. According to the school, Wozniak will spend three periods a year teaching at the lab, and then interact and stay in touch with research groups remotely.