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2018 AusIMM/EIANZ/BHP C&E Research Award Recipient – Lexi K’ng

Lexi is a post-graduate student completing research in the Community & Environment fields within the minerals sector.

To promote the benefits of professional best practice in the Community & Environmental disciplines of the minerals industry, the AusIMM Community & Environment Society has worked jointly with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and BHP to develop an award for a post-graduate student completing research in the Community & Environment fields within the minerals sector.

All organizations have a common goal of improving environmental and community standards through ongoing professional development. The award is designed to provide financial support to students completing an Honour’s or Master’s thesis, researching an environment- or community- focused topic in the minerals industry.

Tim Cooper from BHP’s Resource Engineering Centre of Excellence team presented the inaugural 2018 award to Lexi K’ng at the AusIMM Tasmania Chapter ‘Students Meet Industry’ night held in Hobart on 3 May 2019. Lexi is a BSc (Hons) student from the University of Tasmania, and won the award based on her Honour’s research project evaluating geo-environmental characterisation of mine tailings at a Tasmanian mine site. In her submission, Lexi noted the need to consider social, economic and environmental values in the development of sustainable mining practices. Lexi intends to use the award to fund mineralogical, chemical and geochemical testing to assist her research as well as assist her professional development activities. We wish Lexi all the best in completing her research and in her career as an environmental geologist.

The Student Meets Industry night was a huge success with several entertaining talks from past UTas Geology students giving an update on technical challenges within their mine sites on the Tasmanian West Coast. Several speakers also shared learnings and provided valuable advice and words of encouragement to current students regarding the value of participating in graduate programs and journey that they may take those seeking to build personal experience and capability. The ‘progressive dinner’ was broken up with mandatory ‘get-up and mingle sessions’ for students to speak to industry and vice versa, which was a great way of getting people to network around the room. Well done to the local student organizing committee for coordinating a successful night.

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