"I am a PhD candidate at the W.H. Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre, SMI. The thesis topic of my PhD relates to Geostatistical Modelling of Complex Orebodies. Nowadays, one of the problems in complex orebodies is inaccurate construction of block models, which implicitly leads to the biased evaluation of mineral resources and significantly impact on further activities of a mining project. Therefore, the aim of my research will focus on advanced methods to construct more accurate block models of the geo-domains, particularly in complex orebodies.

During my master's degree at the School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, I had been involved in research and industrial projects as a research assistant. The research project aimed to develop and improve the algorithms of modeling, which are able to handle multivariate complexities such as non-linearity, heteroscedasticity, and other geological constraints for Geometallurgical modeling purposes. The industrial project with a local mining company aimed to construct the block model of coal deposit located in Kazakhstan by taking into consideration ash and iron contents. This type of industrial project that requires not only technical skills but also soft skills gave me a valuable experience that will be very helpful in future work.

Participating in different conferences such as 25th World Mining Congress (WMC), Kazakhstan, and the Complex Orebodies 2018 Conference in Brisbane, both of which brought together experts and scientists from different countries working in the field of developing solid mineral deposits, positively affected my knowledge, academic development, and networking with industry. Following conversations with experts in geostatistics and geology at these conferences, I was motivated and encouraged to continue to broaden my knowledge and I could not imagine a better place to undertake a PhD than at SMI."