Departmental Award Winners 2021-2022

Posted on June 28, 2022


G.C. Bateman Memorial Fellowship

A bequest by the late George C. Bateman to provide graduate fellowships to students in Mining Engineering.

 

Ricardo Quevedo, MASc Candidate

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Ricardo is a 2nd year M.A.Sc. student at Queen’s University, working under the supervision of Dr. Yuksel Asli Sari and Dr. Stephen McKinnon. Having previously worked as a T.A. in programming and participated in applied research projects at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, he spent a year at Codelco’s El Teniente Division modelling the behavior of complex deformations in caving methods under high stress environments. His current research aims to expand this concept into applicable mine design considerations for underground mining.

 Michael Jaansalu, MASc Candidate

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Michael joined the department as an M.A.Sc. student in September 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Chris Pickles.  His research explores the use of microwaves to supply heat to pyrometallurgical processing.  Michael's thesis will be exploring the extraction of nickel from pyrrhotite tailings via a microwave-assisted process.

Sugyeong Lee, PhD Candidate

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Sugyeong Lee is a Ph.D. student in the department of mining at Queen’s university. She joined the hydrometallurgy and environmental group under the supervision of prof. Ahmad Ghahreman. For the flotation part, she has been also supervised by Dr. Charlotte Gibson, a co-supervisor since 2020. Her current research is on the carbonaceous matter flotation from the double refractory gold ore for the improvement of gold extraction. Also, she is studying thiosulfate gold leaching as an alternative lixiviant to replace cyanidation. She received her bachelor’s degree from the department of energy resources engineering at Seoul national university (SNU) in 2016 and has her Master’s degree from the department of energy system engineering at SNU in 2018.

 

The Gordon Bell Fellowship in Transformative Mining

Established in November 2019 by Gordon Bell, BSc (Eng) 1980. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to funding eligible Masters or PhD level students enrolled in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, whose areas of research show potential for transforming the means by which mineral resources are extracted. A key objective of the scholarship is to foster interdisciplinary research to develop new or apply emerging technological advances to the mining and processing of minerals, or by advancing and applying new or developing technologies in other industries which can be transformative to the mining industry.

Omid Marzoughi, PhD Candidate

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Omid joined the Hydrometallurgy & Environment Group in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University in Sept. 2018. His research will focus on developing an economic and efficient method to recycle different resins. His main area of interest is pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processing of materials, with a background in chemistry, extractive metallurgy, and mineral processing.

Analia Parrillo Valiente, PhD Candidate

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Analía graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de la República (Uruguay) in 2014. She completed an M.Eng. in Mining Engineering at Queen´s University in 2016, is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Queen’s University under the supervision of Dr. Takis Katsabanis.  Analía’s research focus is the development of a model to predict fragmentation and grindability of fragments using measurements while drilling and blast pattern parameters. 

 

Isaac Graduate Scholarship

Established in October 2005 by a bequest from the estate of Mary L. Isaacs, B.A. 1950 in memory of her brother Harry Isaacs, and awarded to eligible full-time funding graduate students in Mining Engineering.

Arik Collins, MASc Candidate

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Arik is a MASc student in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University. His research focuses on the remediation of tailings through sulphide flotation to reduce the environmental impact from acid rock drainage. Arik is also exploring policies surrounding environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations in the mining industry, with hopes that the mining industry will be a leader of best practices and environmental innovation.

 

Mel Williamson Scholarship

Established by the Mel Williamson Foundation and awarded in alternate years to a graduate student in the Department of Mining Engineering and the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence with consideration given to leadership ability, civil responsibility and/or athletic ability.

Stephen Stokreef, MASc Candidate

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Stephen is a Masters student in Mining Engineering. His research, partnered with junior mining company Canada Nickel Co., focuses on quantifying and modelling carbon capture in mine tailings. 

Patrick Rankin, MASc Candidate

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Patrick is a research affiliate student in the Mineral Processing group at CanmetMINING in Ottawa and a master’s student in the Mining Department at Queen’s University. The goal of his research is to investigate seasonal temperature and water quality effects on copper-zinc flotation using real ore and process water from Kidd Creek Operations.

James McNeice, PhD Candidate

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James is a PhD student in the in Hydrometallurgy and Environmental group in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University. Past research focuses have consisted of sustainable metal extraction from primary and secondary resources, and has covered rare earth metals, gold, silver, copper, and lithium. His thesis is focused on applying marine microorganisms for bioleaching gold with non-toxic bioreagents. The goal of his work is to reduce cyanide and freshwater demands in the mining industry.

Brian Cook, PhD Candidate

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Brian is a graduate student in the Critical Metals group in the Queen’s University Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining. His research is focused lithium mineral processing, particularly the froth flotation of spodumene. As his PhD, Brian is investigating the conditioning stage of industrial spodumene flotation and the chemistry of anionic fatty acid collectors. With the global push towards sustainability, his research has strong potential to positively impact industrial spodumene mining.

 

Paul D. D. Chick Memorial Award

A scholarship established in memory of Paul D. D. Chick, M.Sc. '80, is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Head of the Department to a promising graduate student registered in the Department of Mining Engineering.

James McNeice, PhD Candidate

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James is a PhD student in the in Hydrometallurgy and Environmental group in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University. Past research focuses have consisted of sustainable metal extraction from primary and secondary resources, and has covered rare earth metals, gold, silver, copper, and lithium. His thesis is focused on applying marine microorganisms for bioleaching gold with non-toxic bioreagents. The goal of his work is to reduce cyanide and freshwater demands in the mining industry.

 

Pickles Family Scholarship

Established in October 2019 by Dr. Christopher Pickles and awarded on the basis of academic excellence to funding eligible Masters or PhD level students enrolled in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining. Preference will be given to students pursuing research in the field of sustainable processing in extractive metallurgy.

Jinsong Xia, PhD Candidate

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Jinsong Xia is a PhD candidate in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University. His PhD research is to apply materials science and engineering to hydrometallurgy, mainly focused on developing magnetic materials for gold recovery from the mining and recycling solution. His research interests also include materials fabrication, metal recovery, and resource recycling, etc., research areas that are beneficial to a clean and sustainable future.