Materials News July 2019

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Welcome to the July 2019 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.

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Welcome to the 2019 mid-year newsletter! The School has successfully navigated its way through Term 1 of the new UNSW3+ trimester academic year. As anticipated, we faced various challenges throughout the term, but everything came together in the end. The School thanks all staff and students for their exceptional effort in transitioning our courses from a two-semester to three-term structure
2018 Annual Report
MSE’s 2018 Annual Report details the school ‘s activities and achievements throughout the year. In 2018, The School continues to perform strongly across the domains of academic excellence in teaching & research, social engagement and global impact, which are the cornerstones of UNSW’s 2025 Strategic Vision. Read all the highlights organised under the strategic Priorities including Operational Excellence, People & culture, Inclusion & engagement, Educational Excellence and Research Quality. In his foreword, Head of School Professor Michael Ferry thanked students, staff, Alumni and supporters for making 2018 such a successful year.
The new NSW Environment and Energy Minister Matthew Keen was very impressed with the capability of the yet to be launched SMaRT Microfactory during a visit to UNSW on 7 June 2019.

The International Pyrometallurgical Symposium at Copper 2019 to be held in Vancouver in August 2019 is be named after Dr. Phillip Mackey, who is one of our alumni who graduated from UNSW BSc with honours in 1964 and PhD in 1970.

UNSW Sydney has gained outstanding results for world-class research in the latest Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) report, receiving more top ratings in broad fields of research than any other Australian university.
Claudio continued his high-quality publication streak, with the commissioned inclusion of his 'News & Views' Nature article "Refrigeration based on plastic crystals".

On Tuesday 14th May we welcomed our 2018 graduating students (undergrad and postgrad) and their guests for a reception to mark this momentous day in their lives.

The School held pre-graduation drinks for our Class of 2018 graduates and their families, some of whom had travelled from overseas to share in their child's celebrations.

The School hosted its annual Industrial Training (IT) event last Tuesday evening that was superbly managed by MATSOC and many volunteers.

PGSOC held a trivia brunch to celebrate women in STEM on International Women’s Day, where attendees networked and shared their professional experiences in Science careers.
Last Tuesday, 40 high school students from Bankstown Senior College joined us in the Hilmer Building for a morning of Materials Science.
In April, the School’s first and third year students participated in the annual tour of Sydney Steel Mill, showcasing industry applications of their studies.
MATSOC hosted another fantastic student event involving a Q&A Panel of Industry representatives who shared with the audience their personal learning experiences, career progression and future prospects for our graduates.
This year's action packed MATSOC First Year Camp was held at Wisemans Ferry’s Outdoor Adventure Camp!
MATSOC’s Titanic themed cruise managed to avoid icebergs on its annual voyage across Sydney Harbour.

We want to thank all those for coming to MATSOC’s Careers and Electives Expo Night on the 26th of June. It was great to see so many inquisitive students interested about the future possibilities of Materials Science and Engineering.

PGSOC and MATSOC joined forces to host a basketball match between undergraduate and postgraduate students!
PGSOC understand that postgraduate studies can be overwhelming, so the mentoring program is an essential resource for new students to receive guidance and assistance from more experienced members of the community.
The June PGSOC Seminar Series featured Dr William Crowe who presented the talk "High Earth Orbit Robotics | Enabling space exploration missions of the future”.
PGSOC is always finding ways to build community within the School, and last Thursday a special Movie Night was held with pizza for the attendants.
PGSOC continued their pizza and movie night tradition with a great turnout for the 90's classic 'The Big Lebowski'.
A group of the School's postgraduate students attended a guided tour at Inside Industry (part of BlueScope) organised by the Materials Australia NSW Council.
Postgraduate student Florence Lui was selected for the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia (EMBL) travel grant.
Our Alumni Gustad Irani (BE in Process Metallurgy, 2016), gives us an insight into his new profession as a Rolling Mill Metallurgist at Liberty OneSteel.
The School has established a steering committee, charged with authoring the School’s history from its earliest days as the School of Metallurgy to its current incarnation as the School of Materials Science and Engineering.