Three UNSW researchers have been honoured as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) for their outstanding contributions to advancing scientific and engineering knowledge.

UNSW Engineering Professors Mark Bradford and Neil Foster and materials scientist Professor Veena Sahajwalla were among 30 new ATSE fellows named this month.

The ATSE is an independent, non-government organisation formed to promote practical scientific and engineering knowledge in Australia which counts some of the nation's leading figures from business, academia and government among its Fellows.

Professor Bradford, the Director of the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering and Safety, was nominated for his outstanding research and his published work on steel and composite engineering structures - a body of literature that has had widespread practical application.

Professor Foster, from the School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, was nominated for his technological advancement of nanoparticle and microparticle formation in supercritical fluid solvents - work that has particular application to the pharmaceutical industry.

Professor Sahajwalla, from the School of Materials Science and Engineering, was named as "an exceptional, innovative engineer with an established record of successful conversions of research to high-value products". Professor Sahajwalla recently received international attention for her breakthrough development of a technique to use waste plastic in a "green" steelmaking process.