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The IET NSW James N Kirby Award Presentation Dinner, Premier Event

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IET NSW Premier Networking Event of 2014 Register early. Winner of the IET 2014 James N Kirby Award Professor Stuart Wenham will review design and laser fabrication of high efficiency solar cells.

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23 October 2014 - 18:30-23:00


Sydney, Australia - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Australasia:Aus-NSW&Cap T'tory local network. Contact Dr Paul Axon, IET-NSW Hon Secretary for more information.

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 Presentation to Scientia Professor Stuart Wenham
Thursday, 23rd  October 2014
The winner of the IET 2014 James N Kirby Award is Scientia Professor Stuart Wenham.

Professor Wenham has made a major contribution to Australian photovoltaic research and manufacturing as a major contribution toward renewal solar power generation and is CTO of Suntech-Power Co, the world’s largest photovoltaic module manufacturer. Professor Wenham is a recognised inventor and was appointed Scientia Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at The University of New South Wales. in 2003.

Photovoltaic technology is increasingly being recognised as a likely major contributor to the world's future energy needs. Lasers are playing an increasingly important role in the design and fabrication of high efficiency solar cells. Pioneering work at The University of New South Wales, UNSW,  has led to the development of several new successful photovoltaic technologies and numerous accompanying performance records, using lasers to successfully incorporate high efficiency attributes into commercial cell designs through selective emitter formation, creation of localised heavy doping beneath metal contacts, dielectric patterning to replace photolithographic techniques, groove formation for burying metal contacts, surface texturing for reflection control, edge junction isolation and hydrogen charge state control to greatly enhance hydrogen passivation techniques for improving wafer bulk and surface qualities.
This advanced hydrogenation technology has attracted funding from many industry partners including several of the world's largest solar cell manufacturers as well as from the Australian Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
About Scientia Professor  Stuart Wenham

The James N Kirby Award was established in 1956 to mark the contribution of Sir James Kirby, CBE to manufacturing in Australia by the Institution of Production Engineers (latterly the Institution of Manufacturing Engineers).  The first award was presented in 1956 in Sydney.  Following the merger of the Institution of Manufacturing Engineers with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now the Institution of Engineering and Technology), responsibility for the Award now rests with IET Australia.
 The Award comprises an engraved medal and certificate and is awarded to “a person who has achieved outstanding eminence, distinction and public recognition in any sphere of activity, not necessarily engineering”. Previous recipients include Sir Mark Oliphant, Sir Arvi Parbo, Senator John Button, E C “George” Fox and Philip W Dulhunty OAM


18:30    reception & networking
19:00     Dinner commences
             Presentation & Speeches
21:00     Networking
22:30     Event closes

Reasons to attend

This premier networking event with one of Australia’s pre-eminent research entrepreneurs is a prestigious occasion at which to meet Scientia Professor Stuart Wenham, recipient of  The  2014 IET James N Kirby Award.

Pioneering work at The University of New South Wales, UNSW,  has led to the development of several new successful photovoltaic technologies and numerous accompanying performance records,



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 Professor Wenham is the recipient of the 2013  IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research in the field of Lasers and Optoelectronics, specifically for his pioneering laser use in advanced silicon solar cell contact formation.

Professor Stuart Wenham is one of Australia’s most successful inventors of solar cell technology and is involved in the successful commercialisation of solar technologies worldwide  as Scientia Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at the University of New South Wales, and CTO of Suntech-Power Co, one of the world’s largest PV manufacturers.
Formerly, Professor Wenham was Head of the School of Photovoltaic Engineering, Director of the Key Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering and Associate Director of the Photovoltaics Special Research Centre (1990-1998), with responsibility for the device research strand and  Director of Research at Pacific Solar Pty. Ltd., a company established to commercialize thin film silicon cell technology jointly invented with Professor M.A. Green.
Professor Wenham obtained a Bachelor of Science (Physics Major)1976-1978, University of NSW, a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) 1976-1980, University of NSW and a Doctor of Philosophy (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science),1981-1986, University of NSW

Registration information

Cost: $ 90 per head all inclusive.  Registration is essential.  RSVP by  Thursday 16th October 2014
Young Professionals $45 (limits apply)

Cheque payable to 'The IET NSW', PO Box 4386, NORTH CURL CURL, NSW   2099  Australia
Bank Transfer to:  BSB   082309    Account #. 19686 2218     Name:  The IET NSW


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