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:: Australian Engineer Wins International Minerals Processing Environmental Award
An Australian engineer working to reduce energy consumption in mineral processing was selected by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) as the first recipient of the Vittorio de Nora Prize for Environmental Improvements in Metallurgical Industries.
Zeljka Pokrajcic, a senior process design engineer for WorleyParsons Mineral and Metals Division, in Melbourne and doctoral candidate at Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC), University of Queensland in Brisbane, earned the inaugural prize for developing a methodology to minimise the energy usage of comminution circuits, which are typically the largest consumers of electrical energy in a mineral processing plant.
"I am delighted by the selection of Zeljka Pokrajcic for her work and congratulate her," TMS President Ray Petersonsaid.
"As the first of many future creative individuals to reduce our industrial impact on the environment, she shows that every human being can have a positive influence on our world."
The Vittorio de Nora Prize was established this year by the TMS Foundation to honor this pioneer in the materials processing field and one of the great Italian technologists of the 20th century.
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