Materials News - May 2014

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In this issue of Materials News May 2014 we have the latest Research, Alumni, Staff and Undergraduate News as well as a feature article about the winner of the 2013 global competition "Win you future Unlimited". We also have an update of the new Materials Science and Engineering building and a call for Abstracts for the Combined Australian Materials Societies 3rd biennial Conference. If you would like to share some news or contribute to the next edition of Materials News please contact us at    

Welcome from the Head of School 

The School received some excellent news earlier this year. Materials 
Science at UNSW was ranked #17 in the world in the 2014 QS Rankings
Last year we were ranked #26 and Materials Science was the only category  
where UNSW was the leading School within Australia.This very high ranking 
builds on many years of hard work by staff and students in the School 
performing and publishing very high quality research.

Global Competition Winner to study MSE at UNSW

The life changing “Win your Future Unlimited” competition ran for seven weeks
between October and November 2013 and it attracted 37,000 entries from 190 
countries.Seven finalists were chosen, for a two-week study tour in Australia, 
to explore the 22 sponsoring institutions, our cities and culture. On 17 December
last year it was announced that Indian born Uttam Kumar from India was the winner  
of the major prize.

Supercapacitors to Fuel the Future

recently reported on the work of Professor Sean Li and Dr Dewei Chu's 
research team investigating a new material for superconductors:exceptIonally
thin sheets of cobalt oxide (Co3O40)

Alumni Profile: Materials Failure Analyst

The recent disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 raises the 
possibility that material failure may have caused it to crash.This highlights
the importance of the role of material failure analysts in determining the
causes of a disaster and most importantly in developing new products to
reduce the likelihood of future failures.Senior Transport Safety Investigator
and School Graduate, Tony Wells,has taken a few moments of his busy 
schedule reporting into a failed helicopter clutch to give us his insights into his 
experience at UNSW and his current forensic role at the Australian Transport
Safety Bureau. Read More 


Staff News

Scientia Professor and Federation Fellow Aibing Yu has been appointed by 
Monash University as Pro Vice-Chancellor and President of the new Monash
University-Southeast University Joint Research Institute in Suzhou, China.
He has also taken up a post in Monash’s Chemical Engineering department.
Professor Aibing Yu will continue his links with our School by holding an 
adjunct position and he will continue to supervise those of his postgraduates
who willremain in the School.We congratulate Professor Aibing Yu on this very
prestigious appointment and wish him well in this role.  

New Building Update

Construction of the new Materials Science and Engineering building is proceeding well.
For the past few months three ”jump form” towers have been racing each other into 
the sky – the South-East tower won! Meanwhile, concrete floors up to level five have
been poured. In May the builders, Brookfield Multiplex, will begin putting the exterior
walls on to the building, with the roof to be added shortly thereafter.  The interior of the 
building will be fitted out in the second half of this year. 

Call for Abstracts CAMS 2014:
Combined Australian Materials Societies3rd biennial conference (November 26-28)

Materials Australia and the Australian Ceramic Society invite you to CAMS 2014, 
the biennial meeting of Australia’s materials community.  the conference covers 
the latest advances in the interdisciplinary  field of materials science, engineering
and technology.The event will be a meeting place for materials researchers, academics 
and industry practitioners, an opportunity to showcase innovation, practical application
and cutting edge research, and a chance to network and share ideas with colleagues. 
For more information visit: 
or email:Caryn Morgan:  

Undergraduate News: Industrial Training Poster Competition 

On Tuesday 25 March the School held its annual Industrial Training Poster Presentations.
Some 40 students presented posters, giving a brief oral summary of their experiences
during their industrial training. A large number of industry visitors also attended the event
The quality of all the presentations was extremely high and choosing the winners was 
difficult. Congratulations to Gustad Irani who was awarded First Place. A special mention
to Siddharth Doshi, second place, and Kara Poon, third place.  Read More

The 2014 Industry and School Scholars Announcement