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Student Summary

An overview of students who were part of the AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship Program in 2016. Read about their background, their interests and their achievements throughout the year.

Lachlan

Lachlan from Bowen completed his first year of a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Queensland in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Lachlan previously completed Year 12 at The Cathedral School in 2015 on an AIEF Scholarship. During his time at school Lachlan took part in many extracurricular activities, including cultural celebrations, sporting tours and an overseas trip to Nepal. He was appointed Prefect and House Captain in his senior year. At the start of 2016 Lachlan won a Cultural Award at Australia Day celebrations for his continued leadership qualities and work in Nepal.

Nyah

Nyah from Derby, completed a Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Honours) at The University of Queensland in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Nyah will graduate with Honours. During Semester One Nyah tutored for the University of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Unit. She found this work to be very rewarding; she was able to provide support to first year Indigenous engineering students by drawing upon her own experience as an engineering student. As part of her final year, Nyah also completed a thesis titled The Comparison of Truck cycle Time Prediction Methods. Nyah chose this area after gaining practical understanding of the topic during her BHP Summer Internship at the BHP Iron Ore Eastern Ridge operation.

Nyah has accepted a role in the BHP Graduate Program for 2017 and she is looking to starting her career. Nyah also became a mother in August. She is grateful for the support and encouragement she has received from AIEF and BHP.

Ravae

Ravae from Port Lincoln completed her first year a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Western Australia on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. She is looking into a second major for next year’s studies. Ravae successfully applied for the BHP Summer Internship and will undertake a role in the biodiversity team in Perth. In 2016 she attended an event for AIEF Year 7-9 Scholarship Students in Perth, to connect with the students and introduce to them to AIEF and the support provided. She also attended two BHP Career Pathways Workshops in 2016.

Torey

Torey, a proud Nykina and Yamitji man from Derby, WA, completed his first year in the Master of Professional Engineering program at University of Western Australia, Perth in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Torey has been at university for five years and this year received very strong results, reaching his academic goal to achieve a High Distinction. The financial assistance provided by the AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship has meant he hasn’t needed to seek part-time employment to support himself – it has enabled Torey to focus on his studies without financial pressures and he see this as a contributor to his academic success.

In May, Torey attended the AIEF 2015 Annual Report launch in Sydney. It was a motivating experience for him to meet and hear the stories of other Indigenous students achieving great things around the country. Torey attended an AFL Indigenous Round game with BHP as well as the BHP Career Pathways Workshops, which he says were very helpful, especially in navigating the process required to apply for a job. Torey has applied to participate in a study abroad program at the University of New Mexico. He plans to graduate in 2018 and hopes to gain fulltime employment with BHP.

Tiahna

Tiahna from Broome was studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Extended) at Melbourne University in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Tiahna lives at a residential college and has enjoyed the many opportunities available, including playing in the college’s netball and football teams. Tiahna was proud of her academic efforts in 2016 and has made gains in her studies. She has appreciated the support she has received from the science faculty, the Indigenous Centre and Trinity College. Tiahna is looking forward to 2017 and is very excited to be continuing her studies at the University of Melbourne.

Nelson

Nelson from Thursday Island completed his second year of a Bachelor of Science (Extended) at the University of Melbourne on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Nelson travelled to Perth to attend the BHP Career Pathways Workshop in 2016, where he learnt about BHP and the BHP Summer Internship. He also enjoyed the opportunities offered by the university in 2016, including participating in the National Indigenous University Games and attending a field trip to Phillip Island to study the geology. Nelson has accepted a BHP Summer Internship position with BHP Mitsui Coal, which he is very excited to complete. He is looking forward to continuing his studies in 2017.

Koan

Koan from Lemon Tree Passage completed his third year of a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. The AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship has enabled Koan to live on campus, where he is able to access many facilities that assist with this study. The convenience of living on campus also means he is able to dedicate more time to his studies.

In 2016 Koan attended BHP Career Pathway Workshops which provided useful information about the company and the application process for the BHP Summer Internship. Koan successfully applied for this placement and was offered a position with BHP Mitsui Coal. Koan is looking forward to this experience. In 2017 Koan is looking forward to completing his fourth year of his degree and hopes to apply for a graduate role with BHP. Koan attended AIEF Alumni and Tertiary Scholars Connect events in 2016.

Jack

Jack from Mullumbimby completed his fourth year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at Southern Cross University in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Over the summer break, Jack participated in the BHP Summer Internship in WA. He really enjoyed participating in the program and it was a highlight of his year. Jack’s favourite subject in 2016 was Engineering Project Management and Professional Ethics. He enjoyed learning about leadership and management strategies and he was able to develop his skills in these areas through the course.

Jack also completed an Honours Thesis on Coastal Sediment Transport Theory. Jack’s hometown suffers from consistent and heavy beach erosion, so the topic is very important to him. Jack hopes to have his thesis published. Jack attended BHP ’s Career Pathways Workshop during the second semester and enjoyed networking with other scholarship recipients.

Chris

Chris from Adelaide completed a combined Bachelor of Engineering (mining) and Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at the University of Adelaide in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. At the start of the year Chris completed a BHP Summer Internship at BHP ’s Olympic Dam operation. Chris enjoyed this experience, meeting new people and learning about the work of an engineer in a large company. In his final year of study Chris completed an honours project. He also attended the BHP Career Pathways Workshop which was very beneficial – he enjoyed talking about his goals and ambitions for the future and hearing from industry leaders. Chris has been successful in obtaining a graduate position with BHP at their Olympic Dam operation, commencing in 2017. He is very excited to start his career in the mining industry with BHP.

Balin

Balin from Kempsey completed his penultimate year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the University of New South Wales in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. In 2016 Balin secured a BHP Summer Internship as an undergraduate mining engineer in Whaleback, WA. This will provide another opportunity to gain valuable experience, after he completed his first placement with BHP previously, in a different role.

Balin attended a BHP Career Pathways Workshop in 2016, where he enjoyed meeting people working in a variety of roles with BHP . Balin is grateful for the support he receives from AIEF and BHP.

Neika

Neika from Dubbo completed her first year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) at the University of Queensland on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Neika has enjoyed the challenge of moving to Brisbane and starting university. She is very enthusiastic about her course and is pleased to have already learnt many new things. The highlight of her first year of study was undertaking a group project to engineer a system for a developing country, which her group successfully built over 12 weeks.

Neika attended the BHP Career Pathways workshops in 2016. She found it interesting to hear the experiences of other students on scholarship and she received helpful guidance on the process to apply for the BHP Summer Internship. Neika has appreciated the support of AIEF and the assistance from the Indigenous unit at her university during the year. Neika is looking forward to continuing her study in 2017.

Michael

Michael from Murray Bridge is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Petroleum) and Bachelor of Business at Monash University and RMIT University on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. In 2016, Michael undertook a BHP Summer Internship at their Olympic Dam site, working as a Metallurgical Engineer. He was very grateful for this opportunity and really enjoyed his role. Michael hopes to apply for a graduate role with BHP in 2017.

Candice

Candice from Darwin completed her second year of a Bachelor of Computer Science degree at RMIT University in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Candice has been involved in many extracurricular and community activities. She co-founded a public policy, advocacy and hackathon company called Light House Strategy Group in early 2016 and developed ‘NativeX’, an intensive innovation and social awareness platform. The platform is operated exclusively by Indigenous people for Indigenous people, and is designed to return funding and resources to Indigenous communities.

Candice was accepted into the HIVE Global Leaders Program in San Francisco, which she will attend over the summer break. Candice was elected 2017 President of the Computer Science and Information Technology Society student organisation at RMIT for the second year in a row, and will be facilitating numerous Data Science and Cyber Security workshops in collaboration with industry sponsors and the university. Candice hopes to secure an internship with BHP in 2017 in cyber security or data science.

Travis

Travis from Kalgoorlie is studying towards a Master of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA) on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary scholarship. Prior to this, Travis completed his undergraduate degree in Engineering Science with the assistance of the BHP Iron Ore Scholarship for UWA students residing at a residential college.

Since first receiving his AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship in 2015, Travis has appreciated the support from the AIEF team, who have helped guide him through his Masters of Engineering and he is on course to complete his post-graduate program by the end of 2017.

Travis has completed two BHP Summer Internships, one in Perth city and the other at BHP ’s Yandi mine site. These two varied placements provided valuable experience. Travis has also attended the BHP Career Pathways Workshop each year and he has appreciated these opportunities to receive guidance and network with other scholarship holders and professionals in the field.

Shahbaz

Shahbaz Rind from Perth completed his first year of a Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Western Australia in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship, after completing a Bachelor of Science in 2015, also on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Shahbaz was proud to complete his undergraduate degree, an achievement he says would not have been possible without the support of the scholarship. Shahbaz has participated in the BHP Summer Internship, a great opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and gain valuable industry experience. He is looking forward in completing his postgraduate degree and hopes to secure a role with BHP after he graduates.

Luke

Luke from Kincumber completed his second year of a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at the University of Sydney in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. He was thrilled to participate in the BHP Summer Internship at South Walker Creek Mine, QLD, in 2015 and will be participating in the placement again in 2016 at Mt Arthur Coal Mine, NSW. Luke attended the BHP Career Pathways Workshop in 2016. He was a mentor in his University’s School of Information Technologies Mentor Program in Semester 1, 2016, and is currently involved in an Indigenous mentoring program at the university.

Jacob

Jacob from Ipswich is currently studying his fourth year in a Bachelor of Geology at James Cook University on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. During this time on scholarship Jacob has enjoyed travelling to Perth to attend the BHP Career Pathways Workshops to network with those working in the company and meet up with the other AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship holders. Jacob enjoyed his AIEF-BHP Summer Internship with BHP Iron Ore in Newman, WA and speaks about the experience with great enthusiasm. In the future Jacob hopes to continue his studies in geology by undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Resource Management.

Corey

Corey from Lake Illawarra is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Mining) at the University of Wollongong on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. After initially commencing his studies in Civil Engineering only, and through the exposure he has received from his scholarship, Corey resolved to broaden his degree to include Mining Engineering as well. As part of his scholarship, Corey has travelled to Perth to attend BHP Career Pathways Workshops. These opportunities to network with professionals have inspired him to continue studying to the best of his ability. Corey has been offered a BHP Summer Internship with BHP Mitsui Coal at the South Walker Creek Mine.

Carter

Carter from Port Macquarie completed his third year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Newcastle in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. In August Carter attended the BHP Career Pathways Workshop and found the information presented very helpful, especially the advice provided regarding internship applications. Carter successfully applied for the BHP Summer Internship and will complete an internship at BHP Mitsui Coal Blackwater, working over the summer until February. He is very excited for this opportunity, and hopes it will lead to further opportunities. Carter achieved excellent results in 2016. He believes the support of AIEF has been instrumental to his academic success over the past three years, and he is excited to embark on the fourth year and final year of his degree in 2017.

Alexandra

Alexandra from Cairns completed her second year of a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) at The University of Melbourne in 2016 on an AIEF-BHP Tertiary Scholarship. Alexandra thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to study at one of Australia’s leading universities, while residing at Trinity College in 2016. She had many opportunities to engage in extra-curricular opportunities, including leading cultural dancing at the College’s Wellbeing Week and participating as a student mentor at numerous camps for Indigenous High School students run by the Murrup Barak Indigenous Centre. In 2016 Alexandra spoke on a panel at the Trinity College Indigenous Tertiary Education Conference, sharing her experiences through secondary and tertiary education. She also participated in the BHP Career Pathways Workshop in Perth.

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