Maxwell G. Lay, a fourth generation Australian, is one of the most influential engineers in his country. Before coming to the United States to earn his Ph.D. in civil engineering at Lehigh in 1964, Maxwell G. Lay received both M.S. and B.S. in the same field at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Lay is an accomplished scholar and provider of public service. He has written over 700 publications on a wide range of topics and has authored several important books on roads including: Ways of the World, Handbook of Road Technology, Source Book for Australian Roads, History of Australian Roads, andm most recently, Melbourne Miles. He is also the author of the articles on roads in the Encyclopedia Britannica and in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History.
In 2005 Lay earned the right to add "A.M." after his name. The abbreviation stands for a national honor system in his native Australia called The Order of Australia, which is a great honor in his native country. Lay's citation for the award reads, "for service to engineering, particularly through leadership in the delivery of quality road infrastructure and the development of new contract management processes, and as an educator and historian."
Since 2003 Lay has been the Chairman of the Program Advisory Committee for the Civil & Infrastructural Engineering program at RMIT University in Melbourne. In this role, he has made a significant contribution to the development and implementation of the new program by actively providing valuable insight, advice and recommendations based on his past experience.