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8th March 2024

Article - Shining a Spotlight on COEMinerals researcher for International Womens Day 2023

In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s (SMI) social media became a platform for promoting some of the brilliant female researchers working across the Institute’s Centres. 

Each researcher was asked to share insights into their background and work, as well as what it’s like working as a woman in STEM

This year’s United Nations’ IWD Theme was Cracking the Code’, which highlights the role that bold, transformative ideas, inclusive technologies, and accessible education can play in combatting discrimination and the marginalisation of women globally.

COEMinerals researcher Carolina Carvajal (UQ) is featured 

JKMRC PhD student Carolina Carvajal Gutierrez is another brilliant mind here at SMI, with research which aims to improve the understanding of rock breakage during mineral processing — a field where even small improvements can lead to massive energy savings.

I hold a bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Metallurgical Engineering from Chile, as well as a Master’s degree in Geology. However, my recent focus has been on mineral processing, specifically in the area of comminution, supported by process mineralogy techniques.”

Currently I am into breakage at the mineral grain scale. My PhD is trying to understand how the mechanical properties of minerals have an effect on their breakage behaviour.”

To be honest, I was dragged into it (laughs). I was awarded an Anglo American scholarship which got me fully immersed in the industry. As I gained experience, I became interested in supporting with a fundamental perspective. This led me to pursue a master’s and eventually to academia, where I am now, exploring the intersection of theory and practice.”

13 March 2023

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