“This is the first time my research has been associated with business, hence the Nokia NSW Business innovation award is very much special. So far the awards I have received were of very academic in nature so the this award is more meaningful and I am happy that more and more businesses can contribute to the environment,” Veena Sahajwala, Scientia Professor in University of New South Wales in Sydney told The Indian Sub-continent Times after the award ceremony in Sydney on Friday 30th September, 2011.
The award was a category of the prestigiousTelstra NSW Businesswomen award 2011.
Overall winner was: Catherine Burn, Deputy Commissioner for Corporate Services in NSW Police Force. Other winners were: Maureen Houssein-Mustafa, OAM of MHM Australasia Pty Ltd. Jodie Fox of Shoes of Prey, Jo Heighway of SMSF Outsource Solutions
The event was attended by The Hon Pru Goward MP, Minister for Women.
Accepting the award, Veena said her staff and students call her crazy and her children say you are a nerd. “ Yes I am crazy and I am excited about the crazy ideas. That’s the way I work . The students and post-graduate students they all inspire me to come up with these crazy ideas.
” We generate waste around us and we should also create opportunities up cycle these waste, ” she said in her speech.
When she was in school, big machines fascinated her and her inquisitiveness about how things work shaped her career path. She stunned everyone in the family when she declared she wantred to become an engineer. But she soon received the encouragement from the famoily to follow her dreams. And, she landed in IIT Kanpur. Normally, after passing out, people would look for jobs but Veena choose to go for masters and then doctrate. She went straight to Canada and then to United States but got job in Univefsity of New South Wales, Sydney.
Veena is passionately working on her dream project reducing carbon emission in steel production. She is happy that lots of business houses are now coming forward in manufacturing their products using recycleed materials.