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CIM MER 2017 Scholarship Winners - Congratulations

Laura Acacia headshotMER Memorial Scholarship
Laurel Acacia

Originally from Merritt, British Columbia, Laura has always been drawn to the resource sector. She is a second-year Mining Engineering co-op student at UBC. She belongs to the engineering sorority, Alpha Omega Epsilon. She is also a member of UBC Mine Rescue, a student-run, competitive underground mine rescue team.

Laurel is currently on a yearlong work term at Taseko's Gibraltar Mine.


Anas Chazi headshotHildebrant Scholarship
Anas Chazi

Anas is pursuing a bachelor degree in mining engineering at McGill University in Montreal, where he is an active participant in many organizations, including the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Mining Undergraduate Society. He is currently on work term at Glencore in the metallurgy department of Mine Matagami. Anas also holds a technical degree in Civil Engineering and has worked both in the public and the private sectors of Civil Engineering. His areas of interest include the environment, remediation of contaminated mine sites, strategic mine planning, geostatistics, and stochastic orebody modelling.



Vitalii Dodonov headshotCentennial Scholarship
Vitalii Dodonov

Vitalii is a final year Chemical Engineering (CPC) student with keen interest in process control and machine learning. In his second year, he built a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as part of a 40-member student organization (EcoCar). Since January 2016, he has been continuously working alongside graduate students on a flotation research project led by Dr. Qingxia Liu. As his personal side project, Vitalii has been working on designing an automated algorithm for financial market analysis, utilizing and advancing his knowledge of process control and programming.


Nathaniel Smith headshotEd Patton Scholarship
Nathaniel Smith

Nathaniel is a mining and mineral processing engineering student at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of UBC. His most recent experience involved the evaluation of future mining technologies including applications of autonomous haulage systems and liquefied natural gas conversion opportunities. He is currently on a working internship with Finning Canada’s Autonomous Solutions Group advancing Canadian Autonomous Haulage Project implementations.


Scott Thiessen headshotCentennial Scholarship
Scott Thiessen

Scott is a second-year mechanical engineering student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he is part of UBC Rocket, a student team developing a liquid propellant rocket designed to reach the boundaries of space. A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Scott says, “I grew up in a community which depends on resource industries and want to be a part of making those communities successful. I am looking forward to opportunities to enter into the mining industry as a co-op student over the summer and winter terms.”