UNSW academic success at SOMP

At the annual meeting of the Society of Mining Professors (SOMP) held in Torino, Italy in July 2017, four awards were presented to members for distinguished achievements – and UNSW members took out three of those four!

SOMP is an international society of mining academics with over 300 members - from 49 countries and over 125 universities - who are engaged in minerals and mining engineering education and research. 

The first award announced was the 2017 Tim Shaw Award for Innovation in Teaching & Learning – presented to early/mid-career academics. This was presented to Associate Professor Serkan Saydam for his significant innovative approaches to teaching and learning – in particular, his developments and contributions over a number of years in the field of virtual reality and data visualisation applied to mine planning and mining systems.

Each year, SOMP recognises contributions by members to the SOMP objectives over their careers, through SOMP Emeritus Awards. This year, two Emeritus Awards were presented, one being to Professor Bruce Hebblewhite, for “his dedication, leadership and accomplishments as a Member, Committee Chair and Secretary General of the Society”.

The fourth award presented was the Ludwig Wilke Award, which is intended to recognise broader, career-long contributions to international minerals education and research. This was also presented to Professor Bruce Hebblewhite “for his pioneering work as a researcher, his accomplishments as a global educator, his leadership and vision as the Secretary General of the Society and his dedication to the mission and values of SOMP”. Bruce will retire as SOMP Secretary General at the 2018 annual meeting in Beijing in July 2018.

The School of Mining Engineering is very proud of our academics achievements at SOMP 2017.

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