Materials News July 2018

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Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Newsletter of the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney. The top ranked Materials Science and Engineering School in Australia. We are always keen to also hear from our Alumni and receive contributions to the newsletter. If you would like to share some news with us or write your profile please contact us at


Welcome from the HoS

Welcome to the School’s mid-year newsletter. As you will see in the stories below, the School is very much in the thick of the academic year. We welcomed over 150 new students to the School in March this year and our total student cohort is now well over 500 students! Our very active student societies are doing much to engage with both new students and our industry partners and it was great to see the MATSOC Industry Night attract so many students and alumni as engaging speakers.

School Alumni Holstein Wong Wins Prestigious Award

School Alumni Holstein Wong won the Exceptional Young Woman in Queensland Resources award for 2018, presented by the Queensland Research Council (QRC) and WIMARQ (Women in Mining and Resources QLD).
This category is for exceptional women under 30 years of age who have worked in the resources sector from one to five years, in any occupation. The award recognises an outstanding young woman who has shown significant promise and achievement during that time, as well as a passion for the resources sector, willingness to help other women, and be a catalyst for change to improve gender diversity in the sector.

Congratulations to Holstein on this wonderful achievement!

Esteemed Professor Elected as New Fellow

Professor Veena Sahajwalla has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. This is Australia’s peak organisation for Science and election to a fellowship is a most prestigious award.
Fellows are elected based on their outstanding contributions to science and research. Each year only about 20 new fellows are elected across all avenues of Science and Technology.
Congratulations to Veena on this fantastic achievement that recognises her very significant contributions over her career.


MATSOC Industry Night

In May, MATSOC held the annual Industry Careers Evening. Industry guest speakers included Han Yeoh (Cochlear), Bao Le (Pallion), Anthea Airey (GHD), Sarah Pearn (Boeing Australia), Holly Miller (Resmed) and Gustad Irani (Liberty OneSteel). Each guest gave an insightful talk about the choices they have made to get to where they are today.
It was fantastic seeing our students engage with industry guests and find out about future industry opportunities. The students appreciated the support from industry representatives and the opportunity to network.
MATSOC thanks the industry guest speakers for their time and looks forward to working with them again in the future! Also, a big thank you to both MATSOC sponsors, Cochlear and Pallion, and the School for helping making this evening possible!



Last year, in MATSOC and PGSOC’s first ever Sports Day, the postgraduate team demolished all the others and claimed the throne as MSE’s best soccer players. Eager for revenge, undergrads put together some of their best to challenge their way to the top!

Alas, a strong turnout wasn’t enough, postgraduates emerged victorious again. Luckily, there was plenty of food and drink for everyone to enjoy. Students and staff from the school had an amazing time, stretching their legs and taking part in some healthy rivalry between the different year groups.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out to make the 2018 Sports Day such a huge success. Look out for the undergrads next year!


Professor Dan Shechtman

After completing his doctorate studies at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, Danny Shechtman was an NRC fellow at the Aerospace Research Laboratories of Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, where he performed research for three years. In 1975 he joined the Department of Materials Engineering at the Technion where he is currently a Distinguished Professor.
Professor Dan Schectman will be a Plenary Speaker at the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), to be held from 9-14 September 2018

World Culture Day Celebrations

A vast range of cultures are represented by students and staff in the School and we came together to enjoy authentic, traditional homemade dishes prepared by postgraduate students to promote cultural awareness on World Culture Day.
The feast was complemented by mini-trivia hosted by Head of School, Professor Paul Munroe.
Everyone went home with a full tummy, warm hearts and cheeks sore from laughter!

Alumni Profile: Tom Sinclair, Grinding Media Product Metallurgist, Moly-Cop

Tom Sinclair shares with Materials News his journey of how he chose to study Materials Science and Engineering, his experience as a UNSW student and how his career has evolved since graduating.


Pallion Award - Applications open 1 July 2018

The Pallion Award has been established to support students completing an undergraduate degree in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW, with a scholarship value of $5,000.

Students enrolled in third year or above in the Bachelor of Engineering (Materials Science & Engineering) are eligible to apply.
Applications are open from 1 July - 31 July 2018.
Please contact UNSW Scholarships with any queries and to apply.

Welcoming our newest Alumni

On Monday 18th June we welcomed our 2017 graduating students (undergrad and postgrad) and their guests for a reception to mark this momentus day in their lives.


We were very pleased to welcome parents, relatives and friends of our graduates, especially those who travelled from outside of Sydney and, in some cases, overseas.


Invitation: 19th International Microscopy Congress

Registrations are now open for the 19th International Microscopy Congress (IMC19), to be held from 9-14 September 2018, in the stunning new international Convention Centre (ICC Sydney).