Veena a 2022 Top 100 Innovator

UNSW SMaRT Centre Director, Professor Veena has been named by The Australian publication as one of the nation's Top 100 Innovators.

Veena joins some of our nation's most inspiring leaders, with David Swan, Editor, The List: Innovators 2022 saying: "Innovation takes many forms but its proponents share a common goal — driving Australia forward and inspiring the rest of the nation to achieve continued success.

"Amid an increasingly uncertain economic, environmental and geopolitical landscape these are the future-makers who are hiring the next generation of talent and building the foundations for what our country can — and should — become."

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Veena said: "For me, thinking about problems and challenges in new ways is at the heart of being able to bring about new solutions. Science and engineering are crucial disciplines in the innovation space and at the UNSW SMaRT Centre we are driven to continue developing innovations that reform various waste streams often destined for landfill into new, value-added materials and products.

"Apart from our next generation research into our patented Green Steel Polymer Injection Technology®, we are also focussed on developing our new MICROfactorie® technologies which are engineered modules to transform problematic wastes usually considered too difficult to recycle, into new ‘green products and materials’ for advanced manufacturing. Waste is not a problem to be managed, it is an opportunity to be explored."

Director of UNSW Knowledge Exchange, Warwick Dawson said he was delighted so many UNSW innovators and entrepreneurs have been recognised for their significant achievements to date. "Innovation and Engagement are at the heart of our strategy and we are committed to delivering transformative social and economic impact from our research and enterprise initiatives."

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