The University of Newcastle, Australia

UON ranked top 50 in the world for Engineering - Mineral and Mining

The University of Newcastle (UON) Australia has ranked top 50 in the world for mineral and mining engineering by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin, Director of UON's Centre for Advanced Particle Processing and Transport and the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Advanced Technologies for Australian Iron Ore

Our innovative, industry-focused approach has seen us break new ground in geotechnical risk management, mineral processing technology, bulk solids handling and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

University of Newcastle engineers have a track record of developing revolutionary mineral processing technologies such as the Jameson Cell, a froth flotation device developed by Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson which has netted more than $36 billion in mineral exports in Australia alone, and Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin's Reflux Classifier, which efficiently separates fine particles on the basis of either density or size.

Our researchers work across the full spectrum of engineering disciplines to advance the technologies and processes that support the mining and minerals industry to become safer, more efficient and sustainable.

Associate Professor Anna Giacomini is a principal researcher in UON’s Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering. She has been working in Rock Mechanics and Civil Engineering for more than 12 years, having received her PhD from the University of Parma, Italy in 2003. Since joining the University as a research academic in 2007, she has advanced industry practice through innovative, full-scale experimental testing, laboratory testing techniques and advanced 3D numerical modelling – providing a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of issues from rock fall hazard to haul road safety.

A global authority on pneumatic conveying and bulk solids handling, Professor Mark Jones leads a team of 36 staff at TUNRA Bulk Solids. The team have been responsible for delivering more than 3,500 bulk solids handling projects for over 1,000 companies across 40 countries. TUNRA Bulk Solids has developed a multi-million-dollar prototype for a new belt conveyor. The new technology is expected to cut energy consumption by half and potentially double the distance of the current largest conveyor in the world – resulting in huge cost savings.

Professor Behdad Moghtaderi and his 30-strong research team, based at the University’s Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), are currently working to delivering new, safer methods of managing ventilation air methane (VAM) generated by underground coal mines. Driven by the desire to reduce greenhouse gases, Professor Moghtaderi has attracted more than $59 million in research funding in the past 12 years and published over 340 publications. The world-renowned chemical engineer has helped solve some of the biggest challenges in improving energy efficiency and developing low emissions coal and renewable energy technologies.

University of Newcastle researchers from across the full spectrum of engineering disciplines are committed to advancing the technologies and processes that support the mining and minerals industry to become safer, more efficient and sustainable.

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