The Chemmat Knit – Newsletter

March 2021

 

It’s the start of the new semester come 1st March 2021. As we look back on the challenging year that was 2020, we hope that we have become more resilient and will adjust to 2021 well. We have an almost double the number of students wanting to do Chemmat this year, and we are truly pleased welcome the new cohort. This year is also the year our degree undergoes the periodic accreditation exercise carried out by both Engineering New Zealand and the Institute of Chemical Engineers (UK), so staff will be busy preparing for this important process.

Our department also has renewed our deputy heads. Outgoing, after a significant amount of time served, are Associate Professors Mark Jones and Peng Cao. They served as Deputy Heads Research and Academic respectively. Incoming are Associate Professors Saeid Baroutian and Meng Wai Woo (aka Wai), serving as Research and Academic deputy HoDs respectively. We have also some new members of staff and we will try to run features when we can on these new personnel. In this issue for example Nadeen tells us about her personal journey to this point where she has joined us as a Professional Teaching Fellow this year.  We have also introduced in this issue a new segment on recent PhD completions, as we celebrate the great work done by our very talented PhD students.

All the best to all our readers for the year and we will continue to bring you the best of Chemmat as we progress through 2021.

 

Best Wishes,

 

Ashvin Thambyah

Professor & Head of Department

Chemical & Materials Engineering

 

 

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read more
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read more
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Photo: Kānuka forest Whareponga, East Cape CHEMMAT’s Associate Professor Saeid Baroutian, his family, CHEMMAT’s Dr Xing Xin, Dr Sinemobong Essien and a team from the Office of Pro-Vice-Chancellor Māori (Mike Steedman- Kaiarataki), Uniservices (Dr Andy...

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Alumni News

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read more
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