Materials News October 2019

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Welcome to the October 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 final newsletter for 2019. Throughout the first year as Head of School, I have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from my colleagues and students. I am thrilled to share a number of School achievements over the last few months including UNSW’s Open Day and Centre, staff and student awards.
Open Day this year was the biggest on record, with over 38,000 attendees coming on to campus. 

UNSW Sydney’s SMaRT Centre has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking recycling research in collaboration with industry partners.

It is a great pleasure to announce that Professor Veena Sahajwalla and her team have been successful in their bid for a new ARC Industrial transformation Hub!
Congratulations to Scott Jones for being awarded our 2019 undergraduate scholarship sponsored by Infrabuild Steel (formerly Liberty OneSteel).

The UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program is a development program to support our female research students and early career scientists to become science professionals.

Professor Michael Ferry, the Head of School, and Professor Nagarajan Valanoor, the Postgraduate Coordinator and PGSOC welcomed our new HDR students over afternoon tea.

Our school was delighted to host students and staff from North-western Polytechnical University, China for a week of workshops, tours and activities.

Wear it Purple Day strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.
Engaging talks and delicious cupcakes for an especially important morning tea.
The 2019 annual Speed Networking night was a great success for our students to explore an opportunity for their career pathway.
MATSOC Trivia Night that was hosted on Thursday, 1st of August.
Last Friday MATSOC and PGSOC co-hosted a sport day at the UNSW soccer field, followed by a BBQ celebration.
Steven Kennedy graduated from UNSW with a Ceramic Engineering in 2004. He is currently employed at Cochlear Ltd as a Global Head of Regulatory Affairs