- Faculty Supervisor, Center for Coal and Mineral Processing (CMP) Laboratory Facility
- Director, Center for Industrial Minerals Innovation (CIMI)
- UBC Mining Industrial Liaison
B.A.Sc., Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
Ph.D., Mining Engineering, University of British Columbia, Canada
From a young age I was interested in geology, but was more interested in the production of minerals and chemical processing technologies. Mineral processing provided a means to study and work in both areas and so determined my choice of study at UBC for both an undergraduate degree and PhD degree. After completing my Ph.D. degree I spent eight yearsas a consulting process metallurgist.
Then Rick Lawrence, Department Head at the time, invited me to apply for an opening on the faculty of what was then Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering. I saw in the invitation two opportunities: one was to expand the type of work I had been doing in consulting; and the other was to contribute to the future of the Department and the industry in a positive way.
On a more personal note, overall, life is about working hard but taking quality time for yourself, family and friends. My idea of play is concentrated in sports. I participate in pick-up soccer games that the members of the Mining Department have held weekly since 1998, which team made up of undergraduates, graduates and some faculty.
- Ultrafine grinding
- High pressure grinding rolls
- Hydraulic transport of non-Newtonian mineral slurries
- Industrial minerals
- Mine-mill integration
- Continuous centrifugal gravity concentration
- Improved technologies for artisanal and small scale gold miners
- Metal leaching from waste rock
- Rheology of mineral suspensions