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Prof. Veena Sahajwalla

Veena Sahajwalla, Scientia Professor, is the Founding Director of the SMaRT Centre (Sustainable Materials Research & Technology), the Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) faculty of Science at UNSW Australia, and an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow.

Respected as an internationally award-winning scientist and engineer, Veena’s research focuses on the sustainability of materials and processes with an emphasis on environmental and community benefits. One of her most celebrated achievements is the invention of a process of recycling plastics and rubber tyres in steelmaking, now known around the world as green steel.

Veena works collaboratively with companies and institutions in Australia and overseas and has established strong partnerships and a deep knowledge of industrial processes and problems. As the Director of the SMaRT Centre, she provides leadership for research programs on sustainable materials, placing a strong emphasis on the skills and knowledge that are urgently needed to enhance sustainability.