Our very own Veena Sahajwalla has been named the 2022 NSW Australian of the Year for her pioneering research into waste, turning it into a new generation of green materials and products.

Veena 2022 Australian Of The Year

Premier of NSW Dominic Perrottet presented the award to her at a ceremony which was attended by her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW.

Founding director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at UNSW Sydney, Prof. Sahajwalla is an internationally recognised materials scientist, engineer and inventor who has revolutionised recycling science. She also heads the new ARC Microrecycling Research Hub and the Australian government's new National Environmental Science Program's Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub. She is renowned for pioneering the high-temperature transformation of waste in the production of a new generation of green materials. 

Congratulations Veena on such a wonderful achievement! We are all so proud of you and wish you all the very best at the national awards ceremony in January!