Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Supporting Effective Industry Collaboration
At the University of New South Wales actively engaging with industry is not just an academic theory.
This year, UNSW’s industry partners committed over $15 million to research – the highest such contribution to any university in Australia - cementing UNSW’s historically strong links with industry, business and public sector organisations.
Fostering Strategic Industry Relations
UNSW Science has appointed Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla - one of Australia’s best known engineers and scientists - as the Faculty’s Associate Dean, Strategic Industry Relations.
"At UNSW, engaging with industry isn’t an academic theory, it is something we do – and we are always looking for new ways to do more,” says Faculty of Science Dean, Professor Merlin Crossley.
Professor Sahajwalla is using her own considerable experience working with industry to build mutually beneficial partnerships, to promote commercially-viable research and innovation and to engage students with real world issues and challenges.
Her team’s research into very high temperature reactions in electric arc furnace steel-making led to the international commercialisation of a world-first, patented “green steel” making process in collaboration with Australia’s largest manufacturer of long steel products, OneSteel.
Professor Sahajawalla hosts the UNSW Science Annual Industry Forum which provides an opportunity for researchers, students and industry, business and public sector organisations to identify areas of common interest and potential collaboration.
Science Industry Partnership Scholarship Program
The UNSW Science Industry Partnership Scholarship Program introduces the Faculty’s best and brightest students to a growing list of industry partners. High achieving students receive $2,500 to $5,000 per annum to help them with their studies and the students, in turn, contribute by undertaking industrial training and internships within partner organizations during their summer breaks.
The Program offers industry access to UNSW’s best emerging young scientists and ensures UNSW students gain an invaluable understanding of the needs of industry during their studies.