Welcome to the School of Materials Science and Engineering newsletter for the first half of 2017. The School is travelling well and has had much to celebrate over the past six months. Of note, a number of academic staff members have received prestigious awards for their work.
At the end of last year Judy Hart was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. Judy has delivered some outstanding teaching since coming to UNSW in 2013 and is thoroughly deserving of this award.
In addition, Veena Sahajwalla was awarded the Jubilee Professorship by the Indian Academy of Sciences. Veena is the first woman to receive this accolade.
The number of students in the School continues to grow with, now, well over 300 students in our undergraduate programs and almost 100 in our (still relatively new) master by coursework program. The popularity of our programs reflects the importance of materials science in underpinning innovation in so many areas of our lives. Our student cohorts are wonderfully engaged and our student societies have done a fantastic job in building community across the School.
We have now been in occupation of our (new) building for over two years. Growth in our research programs means that building work will start again soon as we will convert ‘cold shell’ spaces into new laboratories in the coming months. Beyond that, a new building, very similar to our own will be built on the site of our former home. This will mainly house Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, but will link to our building and activities in these disciplines will integrate with MSE.
Professor Paul Munroe,
Head of School, School of Materials Science and Engineering