MEA Success for UNSW Mining Engineering Students

UNSW students shone again at the Mining Education Australia (MEA) Student Conference with our students being awarded 1st, 2nd and 4th place for their presentations on their honours research project. 


Four undergraduate students from UNSW Mining Engineering were selected to attend the 9th MEA Student Research Conference held on Monday 23 October, 2017 at the WA School of Mines, Kalgoorlie. They were amongst a total of 16 presenters from the 4 MEA Universities who presented their research and were judged by the MEA Program Leaders Committee, comprising of Associate Professor Waqar Asad (Curtin University), Associate Professor Emmanuel Chanda (Adelaide University), Associate Professor Mehmet Kizil (University of Queensland) and Associate Professor Micheal Hitch (UNSW).


The project topics ranged from improving particle interaction at the air/water interface of bubbles in mineral processing, integrating virtual reality into the planning process to produce better outcomes and, investigating use of inhibitors that will reduce the incidence of stress corrosion cracking in ground support systems. 

"Congratulations to Alex, Jessica and Harrison on their standout performance and a fantastic way to finish off their final year project and studies at UNSW", A/Prof Paul Hagan, UNSW Mining Engineering Head of School.


The presentations were of very high standard and the Winners were as follows;


1st Alexander F Mayer UNSW - A study on micron sized particles situated at the air-water interface.
2nd Jessica McGregor UNSW - Virtual reality mine design optimising the mine planning process.
3rd Matthew Cornelius UQ - Mine production improvement through haulage optimisation.
4th Harison Lau UNSW - Corrosion inhibitors for stress corrosion cracking of rock and cable bolts.
4th ( joint) Fontae Franks and Benjamin Bartsch UA  - Development of a model based on fracture energy and fracture toughness to estimate rock burst propensity.


The Conference was a great opportunity for the Students to experience life in the Goldfields. The group went underground at the "superpit" with KCGM, a walking tour with renowned Indigenous Leader Linden discovering historic and cultural side of Kalgoorlie visiting significant Aboriginal sites and they learnt about the traditional Wongutha way ending with a smoking ceremony and stories of the dream time.  The trip also included dinner at the Historic Hannans Club and time at the WASM campus. 





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  • MEA Conference 2017 student winners including from left Harrison Lau, Alex Mayer & Jessica McGregor of UNSW Mining Engineering
  • Alex Mayer UNSW Mining Engineering 1st Prize
  • Jessica McGregor UNSW Mining Engineering 2nd Place
  • Harrison Lau UNSW Mining Engineering 4th Place
  • MEA judging panel including A/Prof Michael Hitch UNSW Mining Engineering
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