Scholarship Presentation Ceremonies

MRIWA held its 2018 Annual Scholarships Ceremony and function at Mineral House on Tuesday 28 August.

The achievements of 4 students were recognised with presentations being made by the Honourable Bill Johnston, Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

Also, in attendance were the supervisors of the 2018 Scholarship Award winners, current MRIWA PhD Scholars and supervisors, members of the MRIWA Board of Directors, as well as DMIRS, University, and industry representatives.

Two PhD scholarships were awarded, as well as a prize presented for the Odwyn Jones Best Honours Thesis for 2017.

The details of the winners and their projects are listed below:

PhD:

Keith Giglia – Winner of the 2018 Directors’ PhD Scholarship – Curtin University

Monitoring and control of hydrocyclones by use of convolutional neural networks and deep reinforcement learning.

Supervisor: Professor Chris Aldrich.

Minister Bill Johnston presents scholarship certificate to 2018 Directors’ Scholar, Keith Giglia.

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Kudzai Angeline Mchibwa – Winner of the Inaugural MRIWA Scholarship for Women – Murdoch University

Innovative processes for leach liquor purification and production of battery grade Lithium Hydroxide from Lithium mineral resources.

Supervisors: Dr Hans Oskierski, Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake, Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski, and Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh

Minister Bill Johnston presents scholarship certificate to 2018 Women’s Scholar, Kudzai Angeline Mchibwa.

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Odwyn Jones 2017 Odwyn Jones Best Honours Thesis Award:

The award for Best Honours Thesis for 2017 was awarded jointly to:

Brandon Rego – Curtin University

Evaluation of the use of Nanofiltration in Treating Tropicana Gold Mine’s Raw Water and its Impact on Gold Ore Leaching Kinetics.

Supervisor: Professor Jacques Eksteen

David Fox – Curtin University

Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Reduction Spheroids from the Tumblagooda Sandstone.

Supervisor: Dr Mehrooz Aspandiar

The awards for Best Honours Thesis constitute the close of the Odwyn Jones Honours Scholarships Programme.  MRIWA continues to recognise the contribution of Emeritus Professor Ifan Odwyn Jones through the Odwyn Jones PhD Scholarship.

 

Minister Bill Johnston, and (L-R) Deputy Chair Helen Cook, Scholarship Panel Chair Prof Kate Wright and MRIWA CEO Mark Woffenden with the joint winners of the Best Honours Thesis Award, Brandon Rego (L) and David Fox (R).

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Following the ceremony, the Minister took time to speak to the new Scholarship winners and graduating Honours students, as well as to the other MRIWA PhD Scholars.

Minister Bill Johnston speaks to (L-R) 2018 MRIWA Women’s Scholar Kudzai Angeline Mchibwa, 2016 MRIWA Scholar Eun Joo Choi, Assoc. Prof. Marco Fiorentini, and 2018 MRIWA Directors’ Scholar Keith Giglia.

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Minister Bill Johnston speaks to the joint winners of the Best Honours Thesis Award, Brandon Rego (L) and David Fox (R).

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(L-R) Joint winners of the Best Honours Thesis Award, Brandon Rego and David Fox, Executive Director DMIRS and MRIWA advisory committee member Dr Ivor Roberts, and Dr Tony Bagshaw.

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Minister Bill Johnston and MRIWA Deputy Chair Helen Cook

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Minister Bill Johnston greets MRIWA Board Member Emeritus Prof. Mark Bush (L) and Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Garry Allison (R).

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Minister Bill Johnston speaks to Black Rock Mining Ltd CEO and MRIWA advisory committee member John de Vries.

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2017 Scholarship Awardees: PhD:

Yihao Fu – Winner of the 2017 Directors’ PhD award – Curtin University

Characterization of ore and bulk solid systems by use of multivariate by image analysis and deep learning neural networks

Supervisor: Professor Chris Aldrich.

Zela Tanlega Ichlas – PhD award winner – Curtin University

Development of an Industrially Applicable Electrostatic Solvent Extraction Column for Process Metallurgy.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Don Ibana

Charles Spath – PhD award winner – University of Western Australia

Unlocking the Ni-Cu-PGE potential of the Musgraves region of Western Australia.

Supervisor: Professor Marco Fiorentini

Odwyn Jones Awards:

Brandon Rego – OJ Award Winner – Curtin University

Evaluation of the use of Nanofiltration in Treating Tropicana Gold Mine’s Raw Water and its Impact on Gold Ore Leaching Kinetics.

Supervisor: Professor Jacques Eksteen

David Fox  – OJ Award Winner –  Curtin University

Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Reduction Spheroids from the Tumblagooda Sandstone.

Supervisor: Dr Mehrooz Aspandiar

Warrick Tunmer – OJ Award Winner –  Curtin University

Geochemical and petrological controls on rare earth element mineralization, and phase mobility in the Mukinbudin granitic pegmatites and their associated regolith profiles.

Supervisor: Dr Mehrooz Aspandiar

Katie Marshall – OJ Award Winner –  Curtin University

Technical Assessment of Flocculant Addition Strategies and Technologies within the Red Mud Separation Circuit of the Bayer Process.

Supervisor: Dr Dimple Quyn

David Wise – OJ Award Winner –  Murdoch University

Processing Hard Rock Lithium.

Supervisor: Professor Aleks Nikoloski


2016 Scholarship Awardees: PhD:

Ahmad Saleem – Winner of the 2016 Directors PhD award – University of Western Australia

Quantifying the role of exploration upside in mineral project evaluations: the missing link in project value determination?

Supervisors: Professors Mark Jessell and Professor Allan Trench.

Eun Joo Choi – PhD award winner – University of Western Australia

Alkaline magmatism as a probe into the architecture of the Archean lithospheric mantle, Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia.

Supervisor: Professor Marco Fiorentini

Rashid Vaneghi – PhD award winner – Curtin University

Progressive damage mechanisms of rocks subjected to cyclic loading.

Supervisor: Professor Benham Ferdosi

Harry Watts – PhD award winner – University of Western Australia

Developing a more benign way to extract rare earths from monazite ore using a sequence of weak organic acids at a moderate pH and room temperature and ore recirculation.

Supervisor: Professor Yee-Kwong Leong

Odwyn Jones Awards:

Wei Han – OJ Award Winner – Curtin University

Haulage simulation for autonomous haulage trucks.

Supervisor: Professor Carla Boehl

Kaarina Recklies – OJ Award Winner –  Murdoch University

The effects of clays, dispersants and collectors on the flotation of Au-Cu ores.

Supervisor: Professor Aleks Nikoloski

Thomas Pilote – OJ Award Winner – University of Western Australia

Geochemical and petrological controls on rare earth element mineralization, and phase mobility in the Mukinbudin granitic pegmatites and their associated regolith profiles.

Supervisor: Dr Anthony Kemp