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Student Summary

An overview of students who were part of the AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship Program in 2017. Read about their background, their interests and their achievements throughout the year.

Wyatt

Wyatt from Woorabinda completed Year 12 in 2016 at Ipswich Grammar School on an AIEF Scholarship. Wyatt successfully applied for the AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017 and completed his first year of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology. Wyatt also works supporting students with disabilities at the primary school where his mother works, and hopes to participate in a BHP Internship over summer of 2018/19.

Teale

Teale from Kirrawee completed her fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. In her last semester of 2017 Teale has been working on her thesis on Control Optimisation for 2MW Wind Turbines. Teale was also involved in the AIEF Yarn’n’Circle in Sydney and attended the Annual Report Launch. She successfully applied for her first internship with BHP at Blackwater Coal and is very much looking forward to learning more about the industry and about the BHP working environment.

Neika

Neika from Dubbo completed her second year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) at the University of Queensland on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017. Neika attended a university trip to Gladstone to learn about natural gas, waste management and a borax refinery from some large companies, as well as the BHP Careers Pathways Workshop in Brisbane, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She is looking forward to applying for a BHP Internship in 2018.

Ravae

Ravae from Port Lincoln completed her third year of a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Western Australia on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017. Ravae attended the BHP Careers Pathways Workshop, where she made a presentation on her experiences at university and the AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Ravae looks forward to applying for a BHP Internship in 2018.

Torey

Torey from Derby completed his second year in the Master of Professional Engineering program at University of Western Australia, Perth in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Torey has commenced his final year research project and looks forward to its completion in July 2018. The topic of his thesis is around temperature prediction in geothermal swimming pools. Torey has also taken up the role of private tutor through the School of Indigenous Studies at UWA to offer academic and moral support to students enrolled in the Aboriginal Orientation Course. Torey has so far participated in three BHP Internships, and has been approved to partake in an internship at Jacob’s Engineering this semester with a focus on engineering consulting.

Tiahna

Tiahna from Broome completed her second year of Bachelor of Science (Extended) at Melbourne University in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Tiahna is residing at Emmanuel College, and enjoys the opportunities available to her through the college, particularly in the sporting arena. This year Tiahna captained the women’s football team for Trinity. Her netball team was also successful, and Tiahna has been selected to captain the women’s netball team for the 2018 Indigenous Games.

Nelson

Nelson from Horn Island completed his first year of a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Queensland on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017. Nelson has participated in a number of extracurricular activities through both Emmanuel College and the Indigenous Unit at UQ, where he has been able to dance at different events, attend balls, receive tutoring, play social sports and create a stronger sense of community.

Koan

Koan from Lemon Tree Passage completed his fourth year of a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017. Koan plans to recommence his degree in Semester 2, 2018 after taking a short break to work and explore some other personal interests.

Jack

Jack from Mullumbimby completed his fifth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at Southern Cross University in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Jack looks forward to completing his degree in 2018 and applying for the BHP Graduate Program for 2019.

Carter

Carter from Port Macquarie completed his final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Newcastle in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Carter has been offered a graduate position with BHP as a Graduate Processing Engineer. He will be working out of BMA Caval Ridge commencing in February 2018.

Jase

Jase from Blackbutt completed his fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at Griffith University in 2017, on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Jase plans to recommence his degree in Semester 2, 2018 after taking a short break to work and explore some other personal interests.

Lachlan

Lachlan from Bowen completed his second year of a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Queensland in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Lachlan was also one of two indigenous students chosen to take part in the UQ Research, Study and Experience Tour to China in June/July. A group of 15 select UQ students participated in this unique study experience to Tianjin, China arranged by the Confucius Institute at UQ in conjunction with partner Institute Tianjin University.

Michael

Michael from Murray completed his fourth year of Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Petroleum) and Bachelor of Business at Monash University and RMIT University on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017. Michael attended the BHP Careers Pathways Workshop in Brisbane which he found valuable and enjoyable. Michael is currently exploring his options for further study or employment in 2018.

Candice

Candice from Darwin completed her third year of a Bachelor of Computer Science degree at RMIT University in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Candice has been involved in a number of extra-curricular and industry related activities, including attending the HIVE Global Leaders’ summit in San Francisco and doing a Rapid Prototyping workshop with Tom Chi, Co-Founder of Google X. She also had the privilege of being elected as a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum's Melbourne Hub. Through this community she met many inspirational people, including Muhammad Yunus (a Nobel Peace prize winner for pioneering the concept of microfinancing and microcredit).

Travis

Travis from Kalgoorlie completed a Master of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA) on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary scholarship in 2017. Prior to this, Travis completed his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science with the assistance of the BHP Scholarship for UWA students residing at a residential college. Travis has secured a 2018 graduate role with BHP in Port Hedland as part of the Rail Standards Engineering team.

Shahbaz

Shahbaz from Perth completed his final year of a Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Western Australia in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship, after completing a Bachelor of Science in 2015, also on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. He and his wife also had their third child. Shahbaz has been offered a graduate position for 2018, and is very much looking forward to the next chapter in his career with BHP.

Luke

Luke from Kincumber completed his third year of a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at the University of Sydney in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Luke will be participating in his third Internship with BHP which will take place in Perth. Luke has been placed in the Technology Capability department and is looking forward to the experience as he has a strong interest in technology.

Jacob

Jacob from Ipswich completed his fourth year in a Bachelor of Science (Geology) at James Cook University on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017. During the year Jacob worked for three months at Mt Whaleback mine in Newman employed as a geologist. He thoroughly enjoyed the Pilbara and spent all his spare time exploring the outback for precious gemstones. In 2018 Jacob plans to finish his Geology degree and is keen to apply for the BHP Graduate Program in 2019.

Corey

Corey from Lake Illawarra completed his fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Mining) at the University of Wollongong on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2017. Corey attended the BHP Career Pathways Workshop in Brisbane and enjoyed engaging with professionals in the business and learning about new career abilities. Corey is looking forward to working as an undergraduate mining engineer at Peak Downs Mine over the summer of 2017/18.

Balin

Balin from Kempsey completed his final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of New South Wales in 2017 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Balin has secured a graduate position with BHP working at a site in Muswellbrook, and is very much looking forward to the new challenges and experiences.

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