December 2014

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In this issue of Materials News December 2014 we have the latest School News as well as two feature articles, the first about the successful bid to co-host the 2018 "19th International Microscopy Conference" and also a special tribute to one of our pioneer women metallurgists, Dallis Hardwick. We also have an exclusive update of the new Materials Science and Engineering building, to be completed early during 2015.  If you would like to share some news or contribute to the next edition of Materials News please contact us at    

Welcome from the HoS

Welcome to the School’s final newsletter for 2014. The School has enjoyed considerable successes this year, not least in securing over $12M in Australian Research Council funding through various schemes over the year. Against a backdrop of severely tightening research grant funding this is an outstanding achievement.  

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UNSW to co-host the 19th International Microscopy Conference (IMC19) in 2018 

A team of representatives from UNSW Australia, Sydney University and Business Events have won the bid to host IMC19 in Sydney during 2018.  Professor Paul Munroe shares with Materials News the eight year bidding process and the significance of the event for the Australian microscope community.

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Tribute to Dallis Hardwick (1950-2014): Impressions of a Brilliant Star

Dallis Ann Hardwick completed her undergraduate studies in the School of Metallurgy in April 1971, the 1st woman to do so. Then in July 1977 she completed her PhD, also one of the first females to complete the PhD program in the School of Metallurgy. Close friend and colleague Monica Jacinto remembers her as vivacious, brilliant, humorous and also as one of the nation's most prominent metallurgists. 

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Research News

Our Academic and Research Staff has achieved outstanding success in the 2015 round of Australian Research Council grants, announced in November 

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Alumni Profile: Greg Bodkin Senior Vice President Cochlear

Greg Bodkin studied Materials Science and Engineering during the mid-80s with a major in advanced ceramics (high alumina, nitrides and carbides). He talks to Materials News about enjoying a good MATSOC BBQ and remembering University life as one of the best times of his life.  He now leads Cochlear Limited the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. 



Staff News

Professor Veena Sahajwalla has been awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship. This is an exceptionally prestigious award with only 16 awarded for the entire nation and only two received by UNSW academics.  Achieving this award recognizes the outstanding work performed by Prof Sahajwalla and her group over the past two decades in the School (Image: 2014 ARC Australian Laureate Fellows Announcement,  Image credit: Russell Millard Photography)

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New MSE Building update

The new Materials Science and Engineering Building is now very close to completion. The roof was finally sealed over in September 2014, meaning that work could proceed in inclement weather. In the past few months the focus of the work has been on the construction of internal walls and the installation of building services, (power, water, reticulated gases, etc). A working lift has also been installed. Large composite vanes to reflect sunlight are currently being installed on the external frame of the building.  On a more practical level there is now active planning of the relocation of the School’s activities into the new building in March 2015. This not only involves allocation of office space, but also preparation of existing laboratory equipment, etc. so that items can be moved safely and put into an operational state very quickly. These relocation activities will kick into a higher gear in the New Year.


Watch Contruction as it happens on our live webcam recent photos of the new building can also be found on the School's Facebook page


Undergraduate News: Research Exchange Program North Carolina State University USA

The School of Materials Science and Engineering has a range of opportunities for students to participate in Global Education programs. During the upcoming summer vacation two groups of students will be heading overseas to Taiwan (Tunghai University) and North Carolina (North Carolina State University) to take part of a short term research and cultural exchange.  

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