“I am a PhD candidate at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre. The preliminary thesis topic of my research is Plant Strategies for Tailings Management. The focus of my research is to identify step-wise operational changes that deliver tailings management benefit. The research will aim to combine these findings to provide significant overall value chain improvement in mine and plant operations. The potential impacts and opportunities of Coarse Particle Floatation (CPF) influence on tailings management will also be explored by collaborating with and leveraging the CPF research.

I have more than 10 years of heavy industry, plant maintenance and process engineering experience across various industries. A significant proportion of my professional experience revolved around process improvement, process optimisation, value chain analysis and implementing Lean production methodology across many different sectors. I have participated in and managed projects by researching, trialling, and implementing new improved industrial processes which provided added benefits of energy conservation, industrial waste reduction and reduced emissions.

I was attracted to SMI because it is a renowned provider of postgraduate education and innovative applied research with an outstanding international reputation. I have aspired to venture into academic research after developing my industrial experience and technical knowledge over the years. The opportunity to be mentored by industry leaders and experts was an extra inspiration for me.

I completed my Master of Business Administration and Master of Project Management from The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Toowoomba. I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji.”