Honour: Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla Image: Danielle Smith
Thursday, 2 July, 2015

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla has been named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential  Engineers in Australia, in a list compiled by Engineers Australia magazine.

Professor Sahajwalla, of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in the Faculty of Science, was one of a record 19 women in this year’s annual list, which also included Scientia Professor Rose Amal of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering.

UNSW dominated the honours with a total of 22 researchers and alumni appearing in this year's list.

They included seven research academics and 15 alumni – among them captains of industry such as Origin Energy CEO Grant King, Wesfarmers Chairman Bob Every, Cochlear CEO Chris Roberts and Medibank Private’s George Savvides.

UNSW is home to the country’s largest engineering faculty with almost 11,000 students, and annually produces the biggest fraction of Australia’s engineering graduates.

Engineering students study their foundation courses in subjects including maths, chemistry and physics through the Faculty of Science.

Professor Sahajwalla is Director of the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT).

She was awarded a prestigious Laureate Fellowship worth $2.37 million over six years in 2014, to undertake her research on transforming toxic electronic waste into high value-added metals and alloys.

It includes additional funding to help promote female participation in science and she has launched a Science 50:50 initiative to encourage girls into science degrees and careers.

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