Professor Veena Sahajwalla – UMW2015 Keynote Speaker

veen-sahajwalla-portraitScientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla’s research interests include sustainability of materials and processes with emphasis on environmental benefits. She is an international award winning engineer who has widely presented on her research and experiences throughout the world and has published in excess of 200 papers in journals and conference proceedings. As the Director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology) and Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) faculty of Science, UNSW, Veena provides leadership in research programs on sustainable materials, with strong emphasis on the science urgently needed to enhance sustainability.

She is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow (2014). In 2013, Veena won AIST Howe Memorial Lecture Award. In 2012 she was named Overall Winner of theAustralian Innovation Challenge Awardsfor tackling real world problems with imaginative solutions that offer positive environmental and community benefits. She was awarded the 2012 Banksia Award, the GE Eco Innovation Award for Individual Excellence, and the 2012 CRC Australian Collaborative Innovation Award. She also won the won the National Nokia Business Innovation Award and the Pravasi Bhartiya SammanAward from the Indian Government in 2011. In 2005 she received the Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.

Veena has a MASc, Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada; and PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, USA.

UMW 2015 Keynote: Green manufacturing: Recycling end‐of‐life polymers in steel making ‐ an example of successful translation of research into industry.

The concept of green manufacturing is something that we’ve developed at the SMaRT Centre at UNSW Australia. The whole idea is to think about materials being produced by using waste and end‐of‐life products as raw materials and the concept of green manufacturing as value adding. In partnership with OneSteel, the SMaRT Centre has developed a process to make green alloys with end‐of‐life rubber tyres. To date two million truck tyres have been diverted from landfill in Australia, and the technology has now been commercialised both here and overseas. We have shown that the technology of polymer injection into steel making is successful on a commercial scale and that has huge beneficial outcomes for the manufacturing industry as a whole, while at the
same time demonstrating the successful translation of research into industry.

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