Staff News

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Teaching Awards 

Associate Professor Sammy Chan received the 2014 ‘Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence’.  Professor Chan’s success follows a long tradition of teaching staff in the School winning this award. It is a highly prestigious and regarded award which is presented to the most outstanding teachers in the University.  Professor Chan’s has a long track record in the School as a gifted and dedicated teacher and this prize is testimony to his efforts in this area.

Dr Pramod Koshy also received the 2014 Faculty of Science award for 'Teaching Excellence’. This was presented to Koshy at the Faculty end of year party.  Koshy has done some outstanding teaching for the School over the past couple of years and the students strongly value and appreciate the high quality of his teaching.


Pramod Koshy, Kaiwei Chu and Shibo Kuang have been promoted to Level B. Kaiwei and Shibo have both worked in the SIMPAS group for a number of years and have established impressive credentials as early career researchers in the field of particle flow.  Koshy has worked with Professor Chris Sorrell’s research group for the past few years and is well known to all for his both his excellent teaching in addition to his research achievements.

New Staff

Dr Rakesh Joshi has joined our School as lecturer since January. Dr Joshi completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology in the area of functional nanomaterials. Prior to joining our school he was a Marie Curie International Fellow with Nobel Laureate Professor Andre Geim at the University of Manchester. Dr Joshi comes with experience in graphene and other carbon related materials. He has held research positions in South Florida, Toyota Institute Nagoya and Duisburg Germany and has worked on various forms of carbon and advanced semiconductor materials. Dr Joshi is now a team member of SMaRT@UNSW and he is developing methods to convert low-valued waste into extremely high-valued carbon materials.

Dr Claudio Cazorla has also joined the School as a new Senior Lecturer under the Australian Research Council Future Fellow scheme. Dr. Cazorla completed his graduate and postgraduate work in the School of Physics in the University of Barcelona, Spain. His PhD was supervised by Professor Jordi Boronat, investigating extreme quantum condensed matter at ultra-low temperatures by means of advanced computer simulation techniques. Previous to his UNSW appointment, Dr. Cazorla has held a number of research fellowships in University College London, United Kingdom, and the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona, Spain.