Alumni & industry

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At UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering we’re proud to have enabled talented students, researchers and industry partners to reach their highest potential. Our alumni are among the most sought after in the industry and bring a wealth of passion and purpose to their professional careers. While our industry engagements continue to transform the field.

We believe in empowering innovators and want to hear how our alumni have forged new paths as they take on tomorrow’s challenges.

Alumni profiles

Discover how our alumni have forged new paths as they take on tomorrow’s challenges.


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  • Professional societies are a powerful and useful network to, exchange information and promote your discipline. Our staff and students are associated with a number of professional societies. Explore our list to find the right ones for you.

  • AusIMM is the peak body for people working in the resources sector. AusIMM shapes careers, develops leaders, creates communities and upholds standards.

    If you're studying at the UNSW School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering you’ll be actively engaged in The AusIMM Sydney Student Chapter. Learn more on the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) website.

  • The MCA is the leading advocate for Australia’s world class minerals industry, promoting and enhancing sustainability, profitability and competitiveness. The MCA engages with:

    • the community
    • other industries
    • industry and representative bodies
    • opinion leaders

    In order to reinforce and raise awareness of the industry’s contribution to Australia and Australians. Learn more on the Mineral Council of Australia (MCA) website.

  • The NSW Minerals Council is the leading industry association representing the state’s minerals industry, providing a united voice for our members. NSW Mining supports the development of a strong and diverse state economy and an effective regulatory framework. Within which the industry can operate profitably and make a meaningful contribution to the state and the people of NSW.

    Learn more on the NSW Minerals Council website.

  • SME is a member-driven society representing professionals serving the minerals industry in almost 100 countries. SME members are engineers, geologists, educators, students and researchers.

    Learn more about Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME).

  • PE is the largest individual member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the oil and gas industry.

    Students in The School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering are actively engaged in SPE UNSW to promote the future of the field.

    Learn more about the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

  • The Society of Mining Professors represents the global academic community and is committed to making a significant contribution to the future of the minerals disciplines. The goal of the Society is to guarantee the scientific, technical, academic and professional knowledge required to ensure a sustainable supply of minerals for mankind. The Society facilitates information exchange, research and teaching partnerships and other collaborative activities among its members.

    Learn more about The Society of Mining Professors (SOMP)

  • METS Ignited works with Australian suppliers to the mining industry, global miners, research organisations and capital providers to improve the global competitiveness and productivity of the Australian METS sector.

    Learn more on the METS Ignited website.

Industry Advisory Board 

The Industry Advisory Board  (IAB) of the School has been constituted to:

  • Provide the School with a dynamic view of the external environment and of developments in energy technology
  • Provide advice to the School on the relevance and application of its research programs
  • Provide insight into the skills of graduate students sought by industry and the community in Australia and overseas, and feedback on how well the School is meeting these needs
  • Mentor the School in the development of new relationships that will assist with the execution of its research strategy and the alignment of its curriculum.

The Role of the IAB

The Industry Advisory Board, IAB advises the Head of School on external views of the undergraduate and graduate programs and research directions of the School.

Briefs may also be provided to the IAB at various times to address specific issues that arise in the School. The IAB may also raise issues that it would like to see investigated and provide some advice on these to the Head of School.

The IAB comprises of distinguished people nationally from the oil and gas sector and mining industry. This may include professional from government, who advise on the vision and strategic direction of the School. The Board and takes a real interest in aspects of the School’s operations from a top-level view.

Committee members are selected and highly regarded for their breadth of experience and discussions range across a variety of topics including:

  • Governance
  • Operational matters
  • The strategic direction of the School
  • Major initiatives
  • Research initiatives
  • Teaching programs
  • Advice on industry developments
  • The Committee Board is chaired by a senior industry person and meets two times per year.

    Members include:

    • Peter Coates, Chair IAB & Non-Executive Director, Glencore.
    • James Barben, NSW Minerals Council
    • Nicholas Barlow
    • Natalia Beliakova, Mitsui E&P Australia
    • Bruce Fulton, Ophir Partners
    • Vanessa Garling, Wood Mackenzie
    • Brendan Howard, Rio Tinto
    • Susan Mallan, Powerlink Australia
    • John McIntyre, Behre Dolbear Au 
    • Bob Cameron, Non-Executive Chairman, County International
    • Bryan Quinn, OZ Minerals and Mining Stream Contact
    • Andrew Roxburgh, Glencore Coal
    • John Saunders, Linden Group
    • Seil Song, Newcrest
    • Ian Sylvester  
    • Tracey Winters, Santos Ltd and Petroleum Stream Contact
    • Angus Wyllie , Aurelia Metals Ltd

    The School & Faculty will be represented by: 

    • Ismet Canbulat Head of School, UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering
    • Christoph Arns Discipline Lead - Petroleum, UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering
    • Serkan Saydam Discipline Lead – Mining, UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering
    • Quang Ly Industry and Innovation Manager, UNSW Engineering
    • Rebecca Rodger Executive Assistant, UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering (Minutes)
    • Bindya Subba School Manager, UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering