Welcome from HoS

New Materials Science and Engineering building

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  • Apr

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Welcome to the first Materials Science and Engineering newsletter for 2015. On 16th March, the School moved into its new building. At this stage, only staff and students have moved; laboratories will be relocated over the coming months. So far, staff and students appear to enjoy working in a light-filled contemporary building that has been designed to include a number of open breakout spaces that allow staff and students to interact away from their desks. More information on the new building can be found later. 
Once we have relocated the labs and ironed out a few other glitches, we aim to open the doors of the building to past staff, students and industry partners for an ‘Alumni and Friends’ evening. This is tentatively planned for Thursday 23rd July.  It will be an excellent opportunity for former students and long suffering staff members to re-unite and kick the tyres on our fabulous new building. 
This year we have welcomed two new academic staff members to the School. Firstly, Dr Rakesh Joshi has taken up a lectureship position. Rakesh has held a number of post-doctoral positions, most notably with Nobel Laureate, Sir Andre Geim, at the University of Manchester. Rakesh is an expert in graphene and will work closely with Veena Sahajwalla’s group in attempting to process graphene from waste materials.  Secondly, Dr Claudio Cazorla took up a senior lectureship in the School last month. Claudio is the holder of a prestigious ARC Future Fellowship. Claudio is originally from Spain and his research interests focus on computational condensed matter physics. 
Finally, this month marked the end of another era. N.Saha-Chaudhury, known more widely as Saha, retired after 41 years at UNSW.  Saha has worked for the last twenty years in the School providing technical support to Veena Sahajwalla’s group. He has been a source of tireless and generous assistance to generations of students. We wish Saha a long, happy and healthy retirement. 
Professor Paul Munroe