Welcome from the HoS
Welcome to the School’s first newsletter for 2018. Within you can read profiles of two new academic staff members, Professor Tom Wu and Dr Kris Killian. Both Tom and Kris were brought to UNSW through programs that sit within UNSW 2025 Strategy. These schemes are allowing us to identify and hire outstanding academics from around the world and to bring them to work with us at UNSW.
The start of the new academic year brings to our School not just new staff, but also new students. We recently welcomed new cohorts of over 100 undergraduate students, nearly 50 coursework Masters students and over 25 new research students. There are now over 600 students enrolled in our various programs. Our student cohorts are diverse, as over 30% of our students are female with a similar percentage from overseas. Our two student societies are both active and vibrant and do much to enrich the lives of everyone in the School.
In recent months, our building has undergone much building work to convert previously ‘cold shell’ laboratories into purpose designed work spaces for several academic groups. Amongst these, there are new, exciting lab spaces for Veena Sahajwalla’s microfactory initiative as well as Sean Li’s industry-backed projects. A new building is currently under construction on the site of our old building. This building is of similar size and design to our current building and will mostly house researchers from Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, as well as new performing arts theatres. The two buildings will eventually be joined, ultimately creating a large campus precinct for chemical and materials engineering teaching and research, by the end of 2019.
There is much happening within the School across teaching, research and engagement with industry and government partners and I look forward to sharing more of this with you throughout 2018.