Thesis Prizes

The EEF awards the following prizes for the best final-year Honours thesis completed in geology, mining engineering or extractive metallurgy.

Ian Morley Thesis Prize

This prize is awarded for the best final-year Honours thesis completed in Queensland in geology, mining engineering or extractive metallurgy. Closing date for nominations is 30 June each year.

Ian Morley was awarded the Imperial Service Order (ISO) after various appointments within the mining industries of Western Australia and Papua New Guinea joined the Queensland Department of Mines and rose to hold the position of State Mining Engineer (1940-1969). He was a Councillor for The AusIMM for many years and author of Black Sands, a history of beach sand mining on the east coast of Australia.

The 2015 the Ian Morley Prize was presented at the Julius Kruttschnitt Memorial Lecture in Queensland to Jack Butler from The University of Queensland for Mining Engineering and Benjamin Ferguson from The University of Queensland for Geosciences.

Reg Buckett Prize

Reg Buckett was noted for his contribution to metallurgical processes in the gold industry in Kalgoorlie. He was both an industry and educational leader and a past president of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, and the Gold Producers' Association.

The Reg Buckett Prize is awarded to the students assessed as having presented the best final year project in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) and the Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) courses at The Curtin University of Technology. Winners receive an engraved trophy featuring The AusIMM logo at their graduation ceremony. Applications through Curtin University.

2015 Winners

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) – Tendai Chadyiwa
Best Final Year Project, Thesis Title: ‘Investigating Optimal Drill Penetration Rate And Lifespan Of Drill Bits With Varied Rock Properties To Minimize Delays in Underground Mining’

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) – Dumisani Victor Masaka
Best Final Year Project, Thesis Title: ‘Material movement Control & Backfill Scheduling at Roy Hill Iron Ore’

Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) – Michael Assmann
Best Final Year Project, Thesis Title: ‘Atmospheric Leaching of Chalcopyrite’

List of previous awardees

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