IIT Alumni organize seminar on Low Carbon Future

On 27 June 2011, the IITians Association of Australia (IITAA) organized a successful business seminar on “Opportunities for Engineers & Entrepreneurs in Low Carbon Future – Australia & India”. Professor Veena Sahajwalla FTSE FIEAust – Director of Center for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), University of New South Wales was the key speaker at the seminar and addressed the audience comprising alumni from India’s top-notch technology institutions, IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) along with many experienced technology entrepreneurs, scientists, and business and government officials .  The business seminar was supported by NSW Department of Trade & Investment, Regional Infrastructure & Services; and TiE.  The Seminar was held at the MLC Centre, Martin Place.

At the seminar Linda Taylor, Senior Manager – India Desk, NSW Office of Trade, Business and Industry presented on many opportunities that exist for R&D and innovation collaborations between NSW and India. She talked about the need for leveraging global professional networks to find solutions for complex global problems such as environmental issues through technology innovations. Linda urged IITAA to facilitate building stronger professional networks and partnerships through their global reach and professional standing.

Professor Sahajwalla spoke about an environmentally friendly process of recycling plastics and rubber tyres in steelmaking. She articulated challenges of commercialisation of new technology and processes.  Her deep knowledge of sustainable materials, industrial processes and issues/problems was very impressive. Professor Sahajwalla expertly responded to a number of questions from the audience in her engaging style and demonstrated her passion for the science and engineering.  She encouraged young people and women to consider science and engineering as a career path.

Professor Sahajwalla received her BTech in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. In 2011, she received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award given by the Government of India for her outstanding achievement in the field of Science and in recognition of her valuable contribution in promoting the honour and prestige of India.

Dr Ashok Manglick, President IITAA, thanked the audience for their participation at the seminar and acknowledged Arjun Malhotra, an eminent IITian, who attended the seminar despite his busy schedule.  Dr Manglick encouraged all IITians to participate in technical and social events organized by their Alumni Association to enhance their skills, make business and social connections, and to leverage the IIT brand within the Australian and Indian Australian community.

Alumni from IITs play major roles in various government and private organisations in Australia and New Zealand. IITAA is the only alumnus body representing all the IITians living in Australasia and conducts various events throughout the year. Their contribution to nation’s wealth through technology development, project management and entrepreneurship is starting to be recognized across Australia.

The business seminars are part of a range of professional activities undertaken by the IIT Alumni Association.

For further information on upcoming events and IITAA membership, please contact Dipankar Roy Choudhury (Mobile:  0403333560) or visit IITAA website at www.iitaa.org.au.

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