The Chemmat Knit – Newsletter

August 2019

 

Dear Colleagues

This August issue reports on several items but importantly features a brief write up on the retirement event for Professor John Chen. John has been as much Chemmat as Chemmat has been John Chen. I am always amazed at how well known he is among the alumni, and with the current students he is so popular that this year the 4th Year students with their annual chemmat t-shirt design wanted it to simply feature John’s face. We’ll see whether that actually happens, but I think it’s a great idea! We wish John all the best in his retirement years.

The other thing to note is an upcoming reunion of Chemmat grads from 30 years ago. The Class of 1989 (Final year 1988, about 30 of them) are planning a 30-Year Reunion in September 2019 in Auckland with Philip Dingle as the Co-ordinator. Please email John Chen (j.chen@auckland.ac.nz) if you would like more details or wish to contact Philip.

It’s the last quarter of the year before summer and the Chemmat team wishes all a fruitful and productive time.

 

Ashvin Thambyah

Associate Professor & Head of Department

Chemical & Materials Engineering

 

 

The Chemmat Knit – Newsletter

 

June 2019

 

Dear Colleagues

The June 2019 issue has been an interesting one to put together. For me, it helped capture the natural diversity, of the many attributes, that the Chemmat family and spirit embodies. From world-class students excelling in top universities around the world, to fun-loving students enjoying beer and socialising, to the gentleness of breaking a fast as a community, we have – and enjoy – it all!

Of special note too is the Chemical and Materials Engineering Students Association (CMESA) who are featured in our department newsletter for the first time. CMESA is a self-organised group of students, who have very capably got together to create some pretty fantastic events – both fun and professional – and they are a testament to the creative energy of our student body. The department has ‘joined forces’ with CMESA to enrich the student experience and hope for a long and fruitful partnership.

Finally, the year is at the mid-point – too fast! – and we are in the midst of ending Semester I and soon to begin Semester II at the end of July. Wishing all our readers a safe and pleasant winter season, and talk to you again soon in Spring!

The department reaffirms its commitment to zero tolerance –  of bigotry, discrimination and prejudice.

 

Ashvin Thambyah

Associate Professor & Head of Department

Chemical & Materials Engineering

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.