The Tiny World of PV Engineering

So a funny thing happened today. Yesterday I e-mailed Prof. Nazir Kherani, a prof at U ot T who I’ve never met before, requesting that we meet next week in Toronto. He’s an elec prof who does PV research and I need him (as a Canadian expert in PV) to write a letter to NSERC stating that the PV research that I’m doing cannot be done in Canada, and NSERC should give me a big, fat scholarship. It will be a benefit to Canada. Well, today we had a birthday party for Martin Green, big wig at the institute, and across the room my friend Rob Largent was motioning me to come over and talk to him. So I did. He introduced me to the man next to him, and it turned out to be Prof. Nazir Kherani! So then I motioned over Canadian Joe, who gave me Prof. Kherani’s name in the first place, and introduced them.

Nazir Kherani had been at a conference in Darwin. His daughter and her fiance have moved to Canberra, and the whole family was meeting this weekend in Sydney to check it out. While here, Nazir Kherani decided to look up his colleague here at the institute, none other than PV guru Martin Green. Today was a birthday celebration for Martin, my supervisor Stuart, and Ziv’s supervisor Alistair, so we all met up while eating chocolate cake in a conference room. Nazir had been given the we-can’t-really-show-you-what-we’re-up-to tour earlier by Rob Largent, but then me and Canadian Joe gave a spill-all on our research, showing off the level 2 labs that we have access to, the microscope unit down in the Red Centre, and all the bits of the Centre for Quantum Computing that we have access to. It was a lot of fun. And next week I’m going to go and visit Prof. Kherani in Toronto, where he’ll write me up a nice letter to NSERC. Isn’t life grand sometimes?

So new and odd things that I learned about UNSW from Canadian Joe on the tour this afternoon: The Scientia building is made from sandstone from India (which doesn’t stand up to the weather here very well, apparently). The Scientia building corridor is also supposed to look like trees are holding up the top. You’d have to see it. It was also apparently used as the closing back-drop in a Japanese car commercial. And the Red Centre’s red facade is terra cotta imported from Spain or something. I know. Bizarre. Why? So expensive! Not sustainable! What are you thinking???

One Response to “The Tiny World of PV Engineering”

  1. the mum Says:

    Is is a very small world at times…great story

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