Welcoming our newest Alumni

26 June 2018

On Monday 18th June we welcomed our 2017 graduating students (undergrad and postgrad) and their guests for a reception to mark this momentous day in their lives.

We were very pleased to welcome parents, relatives and friends of our graduates, especially those who travelled from outside of Sydney and, in some cases, from overseas.

As Head of School, Paul Munroe, said, "Graduation is not just a happy occasion, it is an important one.  It is indelible evidence to your parents that you turned out okay and does much to dispel the doubts that all parents have that their children will eventually make something of themselves... So special thanks to parents for doing such a great job preparing your children (our graduates) for the next stage of their lives". 

Several prizes were awarded to undergraduate students who achieved outstanding results in the course of their studies:

  • Luisa Schreck received the Wallarah Minerals Prize for best performance in an honours thesis in the BE Ceramic Engineering program
  • Yan Ngiam received the Max Hatherly Prize for the best performance in MATS4001 Secondary Processing of Metals
  • Vicki Zhong received the Cochlear Prize for the highest overall WAM at the end of Year 3
  • Alan Cen received the Sir Rupert Myers Prize for the best performance in MATS3001 Micromechanisms of Mechanical Behaviour of Metals
  • Mia Maric received both the Pacific Aluminium prize for the best performance in MATS3007 Materials Industry Management and the Australasian Corrosion Association Prize for the best performance in MATS4007 Engineered Surfaces to Resist Corrosion and Wear
  • Kevin Pei received the Perfect Engineering award for best final year project in Process Metallurgy
  • Richard Chen received the Perfect Engineering award for best final year project in Ceramics
  • Cerys Edwards received the Perfect Engineering award for best final year project in Physical Metallurgy
  • Xia Ping Lee received the Perfect Engineering award for best final year project in Materials Engineering
  • Scarlet Kong was awarded the Hugh Muir Prize for the student who, in the opinion of the Head of School, has contributed most to the corporate life of the School of Materials Science and Engineering

Finally, Xia Ping Lee was awarded a University Medal for substantial academic achievements throughout her degree. The University Medal is the most distinguished award that UNSW bestows on an undergraduate student. 

Congratulations to each of our prize recipients for their outstanding achievements.

We congratulate all our graduates and our very best wishes for all your future endeavours. Go forth and conquer!

Go to our Photo Gallery to view more photos from our graduation reception.