Delivering a National Process Design Unit with Industry Support

  • Don Ibana
Conference paper


Supported by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) through the Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC), three Australian universities-Curtin University, Murdoch University and the University of Queensland-have formed the Metallurgical Education Partnership (MEP) to jointly develop and deliver an engineering design capstone unit-Metallurgical Process and Plant Design-in their respective undergraduate programs in extractive metallurgy, in order to enhance the students’ educational experience. A unique feature of the program is the close interaction of the students in all three universities and a significant involvement of industry professionals. Now in its sixth year, it is clear that this unit is achieving its objectives.


Metallurgical Education Metallurgical Process Design Unit Teaching Metallurgical Process Design 


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    G. Lind, “Minerals Industry Engagement in Metallurgical Education in Australia”, presented at XXVI International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC 2012), 24–28 September 2012, New Delhi, India, The Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers), 87–104.Google Scholar
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    Minerals Council of Australia, “Back from the Brink, Reshaping Minerals Tertiary Education”, A Discussion Paper, (Braddon ACT: Minerals Council of Australia 1998).Google Scholar

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© TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Don Ibana
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  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Minerals EngineeringWA School of Mines Curtin UniversityKalgoorlieAustralia

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