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:: A Q&A with Zeljka Pokrajcic
Melbourne-based Zeljka Pokrajcic is a metallurgical engineer on a mission to change the way companies plan and execute mineral processing. In 2010 she completed an award-winning PhD thesis on the subject of comminution, which she puts to good use as a founding director of the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC), a non-profit dedicated to optimizing the processing efficiency of mines everywhere. By day she works at Advisian, a global management consulting group that is part of WorleyParsons, where she conducts optimization and trade-off studies for the minerals industry.
CIM: How did you get interested in mining and comminution?
Pokrajcic: In high school I had an ability in maths and sciences, and I knew I wanted to do an engineering discipline, but I wasn’t sure which one. A friend was doing chemical engineering and mentioned the possibility of a metallurgical degree. My first question was, what is it, and how do you spell that? I did some research and thought it looked very interesting. There was lots of travel involved, and lots of big exciting machinery. So I signed up. In the first year, I was one of four females in a group of 40.
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