Congratulations to Professor Frank Shi and Dr Grant Ballantyne on their new promotions!

8 December 2017

Please join me in congratulating Professor Frank Shi and Dr Grant Ballantyne who have been successful in the UQ promotion process.

Academic promotion recognises the significant contribution of our staff to their discipline, our students, the University and the broader community. The success of our people through the promotion process is a reflection of demonstrated excellence in research, teaching and service, and the dedication of our academics, who underpin UQ’s success as one of the world's top 50 universities.

Frank Shi - promoted to Professor
Dr Frank Shi 

I have the pleasure to inform you that Frank Shi has been successful in the UQ promotional process and has been awarded the title of Professor. Professor Shi has been a research focussed academic at the SMI-JKMRC for over 28 years studying rock breakage. His goal is to improve the energy efficiency of these processes to not only make existing mines more profitable but also to achieve societal benefits by reducing global energy use. He has achieved outstanding research outcomes in not only traditional breakage methods but is pioneering research into the area of High Voltage Pulse comminution, where he has established himself as a world leader in the application of this technology. He has sought opportunities to apply his research in a number of different industries and established significant collaborations with a number of Chinese Universities. It has been a pleasure to work with Frank and I wish him all the best in his future endeavours as a Professor representing the SMI-JKMRC within the University of Queensland. I know he will continue to perform admirably.

Grant Ballantyne - promoted to Senior Research Fellow
Dr Grant Ballantyne

I am pleased to announce that Grant Ballantyne has been successful in being promoted to Senior Research Fellow. In recent years Grant’s research has gained industry recognition, especially through the international nonfor- profit group called the coalition for eco-efficient comminution (CEEC), through which energy efficient comminution has become Grant’s major research theme. Grant has been part of research teams investigating process improvements across many mine sites and commodities. He has led multiple research and training groups in comminution assessment projects, is currently developing his research portfolio in the Integration Research Program at SMI’s Production Centres, and is taking a leading role in growing energy related research across the mining spectrum at the SMI. Grant is a direct product of UQ’s and SMI’s education and research credentials, as he holds a PhD and a bachelor’s degree in Minerals Processing, both from the University of Queensland. Well done Grant!