Faculty of Engineering
School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Prof. Sami Kara's Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence
Sydney, 23 June 2017
The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence was established in 1989 to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in teaching by members of staff.
Professor Kara is an exemplary HDR supervisor. He builds a special bond with his HDR students in which he is a mentor and a guide but, more important, a colleague. As such, Professor Kara sees postgraduate supervision as a mentoring role and, modestly, attributes his successes to the successes of his hard working and talented students.
In the 14 years since he enrolled his first PhD candidate, he has supervised a substantial number of postdoctoral and PhD researchers to the completion of excellent these, publications in high-impact journals, and helped them to build the collaborations and networks in industry and academia that enabled them to succeed in their post-PhD careers. He has been awarded the UNSW postdoctoral Academy Supervisor of the Year Award in 2012; and the UNSW arc EXCELLENCE IN Post graduation Supervision Award in 2012 and 2013.
Since 2003, he has been the supervisor for 4 post-doctoral researchers, 31 PhD and 3 Masters of engineering students. His student’s thesis has been judged to be of excellent quality.