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01 July 2019

Classnotes January - June 2019

Updates from your fellow alumni. Received January - June 2019

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Alumni often send us updates from their work and personal lives to share with fellow alumni.

Here is the latest collection of classnotes that we received between January - June 2019.

You can also find more classnotes from previous months.

While we make every effort to verify the information here, which is selected and edited, we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

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Improving diversity in engineering

Daniel Rossall-Valentine

Daniel Rossall-Valentine (MA Systematic Theology, 2012) was approached by The Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2016 and asked to help with this challenge by creating a major perception-change campaign. The goal was to create a more visible, more powerful, and more unifying message than anything done before, and provide content that all engineering organisations can use to attract the next generation of talent. With his creative team at the agency bandstand, he designed the ‘This is engineering’ campaign, which launched in January 2018. In the eighteen months since launch, the films have been viewed over 35 million times, and have rapidly changed perceptions amongst the 13-18 target audience.

For further information and to find out how to get involved with the “This is Engineering” campaign, email Daniel.


Alumnus elected partner at major law firm

Yasin Keshgarvar

Yasin Keshvargar (English Law and French Law) has been elected partner at global law firm Davis Polk & Wardell LLP. Yasin is a member of Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in New York, practicing in the Capital Markets Group. He advises domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters on a broad range of transactions, including initial public offerings and other equity offerings, public and private high-yield, investment-grade and convertible debt financings, restructurings and cross-border transactions.


Alumnus featured in CEO Magazine

Choy Wai Hin

Choy Wai Hin (Civil Engineering, 1988) has been profiled in the business publication CEO Magazine. Wai Hin, who is Group Managing Director of Federal Furniture Holdings, spoke to the magazine about positioning the Malaysian company for growth in the coming years, drawing on its strong family tradition and looking to the implementation of new technologies.

Read more in CEO Magazine


Alumnus awarded Seaborg Medal

MMR Williams

M.M.R. Williams (Physics, 1958), Emeritus Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the University of London, has been awarded the Seaborg Medal of the American Nuclear Society for his outstanding accomplishments in furthering nuclear knowledge and the progress of mankind. The Seaborg Medal is made to an individual in recognition of outstanding scientific or engineering research achievements associated with the development of peaceful uses of nuclear science.


Finding a match for Meena

MMR Williams

Meena Kumari-Sharma (Business Management, 2000), started 2018 with a life much like many of her peers. She was successfully juggling her career as a recruitment consultant alongside being a mother to five-year-old twins. But then she was diagnosed with leukaemia. Shortly after her diagnosis, Meena found out that she would require a stem cell transplant.

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From Melbourne to Mongolia: a doctor's journey

Friendship medal

In July 2018, anaesthetist Phil Popham (Medicine, 1982) was amongst a group of four doctors awarded the Mongolian silver Friendship (Nairamdal) Medal. The medal, which is the highest honour bestowed upon a foreign citizen by the Mongolian Government, was presented during a private audience with the President of Mongolia, Battulga Khaltmaa.

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Decorating a room of one’s own

Decorating a room of one's own

Susan Harlan (MA Shakespeare Studies, 2002) Decorating a Room of One’s Own, brings together her great loves of literature and design. With tongue-in cheek humour and illustrations by Becca Stadtlander, the book pokes gentle fun at modern designer trends, and uses the type of language more commonly found in design blogs.

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