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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. 

Professor Mark Hoffman has been appointed as UNSW’s new Dean of Engineering. As you would be aware, Mark is currently the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), a position he’s held since 2012 and he was previously Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science and Head of our School, roles he held concurrently for three years. Read More

Professor Hoffman has also been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering and was cited for his "significant contributions to industry in the field of materials design and technologies for structural integrity and reliability, covering a range of disciplines in light metals, thin films, nanomechanics and polymers” as well as his contribution to engineering education and bridging the fields of science and engineering. 

Professor Paul Munroe has been elected to serve on the Australian Research Council ‘College of Experts’ for the next three years. In that role he will be assisting in the process of allocating research funds through a number of  different schemes. 

Jan Seidel has been promoted to Associate Professor. Since joining the School in early 2012 he has been outstandingly successful in attracting research funding from a wide range of sources, authoring papers in the absolutely best journals and rapidly building a very visible international profile in his field. His performance in the School has been quite remarkable.

The University of Maryland has awarded the inaugural Early Career Award from the A. James Clark School of Engineering to Professor Nagarajan Valanoor. This is recognition of his significant professional achievements and exceptional contributions to research. Nagy completed his PhD at the University of Maryland in 2001 and still roots for the Terrapins!

Both Xuchuan Jiang and Zongyan Zhou will be leaving UNSW in January to take up positions in the Chemical Engineering Department at Monash University. Xuchuan has been on staff in the School for a number of years, most notably as an ARC Future Fellow since 2009. Zongyan has been a lecturer in the School for past 3 years. We wish them well in their new positions.