<< the future of mining will need forward thinking professionals – engineers, technicians and geoscientists that can work across disciplines to solve the complex challenge of meeting society’s demands for resources whilst minimising the impact on the environment
Professor Scott acknowledges that this type of initiative requires a new approach. “The future of mining will need forward thinking professionals – engineers, technicians and geoscientists that can work across disciplines to solve the complex challenge of meeting society’s demands for resources whilst minimising the impact on the environment. “The hard rock mining industry is rapidly moving towards a future that will involve larger mining operations targeting deeper ore bodies with average grades lower than what are currently being mined. This will present significant technical challenges and critically, there will also be less capacity to absorb unexpected mining outcomes because of the smaller per tonne revenue margin,” Professor Scott says. “I believe that BRC and SMI are actively ‘nurturing’ the next generation of professional staff required by industry to meet this future need.” A University Medallist, Professor Scott graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Science (Honours in Geology), before returning to complete her PhD at the BRC in 2000. Professor Chris Moran, Director of the SMI, is excited about the leadership Professor Scott will provide. He says that “her focus on multi-disciplinary research linking discipline-focused researchers to develop integrated programs is the way the SMI will be making ‘step changes’ in technology and processes for industry to move towards effective and sustainable work practices.” Welcome back to UQ, Professor Scott!
INGENUITY ISSUE 1, 2011
UQ Ingenuity Magazine - For graduates, alumni, industry and studentsof Engineering at The University of Queensland.