A fifth year Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) student from the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Jaxon Evans, has been awarded the prestigious Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadership Award by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), in conjunction with Pacific Road Capital, and Rio Tinto.
The AusIMM supports students who are strong leaders through awards funded by The AusIMM Education Endowment Fund (EEF). The scholarship will ensure Jaxon has access to high quality mentoring with an industry professional, participation in a one-week field intensive to a mineral-rich region of Australia, career-building networking opportunities, development of personal and professional skills and financial support during the course of his studies.
Jaxon, who is studying Mining Engineering in the MPE, has gained valuable knowledge during his studies by building on his industry experience. He has completed five internships across a range of companies, including engineering roles for BHP Billiton and Buru Energy, a market analyst for Coffey International, an offsider for Terra Drilling, and an intern for Dalian Bolong Investment Holdings Group in Dalian, China. Outside of university, Jaxon studies Chinese at the Confucius Institute and enjoys scuba diving in the South West where he grew up.
“Jaxon is a well deserving recipient of this award, he is proactive in expanding his industry skills and continues to strengthen his experience by engaging overseas opportunities,” said UWA Professor of Mining Engineering Richard Durum.
Jaxon has been involved with the AusIMM since 2014 and is currently president of the AusIMM UWA Student Chapter. He will be travelling to Melbourne to receive the award at the 2016 AusIMM Awards Dinner on 18 June 2016.
Jaxon will also be in China in June this year, with fellow student Alexandra Turner to attend the summer school at China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT).
UWA and CUMT cooperate in both a Ministry of Education Joint Education Program and a Joint PhD Degree Program to enhance and deepen strategic teaching and research partnerships between the two institutions across relevant academic disciplines.
Lauren Humfrey (UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics) (+61 8) 6488 2260