Final-year student from the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering wins R 10 000 in prestigious student colloquium
Posted on 03 November 2009
Prize Winners: (f.l.t.r.) Barend Steyn, Morné Kruger (Winner), Gavin Maré and Alicia de Meyer
Morné Kruger, a final-year student in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria, was awarded the overall first prize in the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) Student Colloquium, hosted by the University of Pretoria on 19 October 2009.
This annual colloquium gives the best students from mining and metallurgical engineering departments the opportunity of presenting their final-year research projects to an audience of mining and metallurgical professionals. At this year’s colloquium, seventeen final-year projects from the University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, North West University and the Tshwane University of Technology were presented.
Four presentations by students from the University of Pretoria featured in the top five presentations of the day, as judged by the SAIMM panel. Alicia de Meyer, Gavin Maré and Morné Kruger from the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, and Barend Steyn from the Department of Mining Engineering, all made it into the top five, with Morné Kruger taking top honours for his presentation entitled “A novel approach in reagent selection for coal flotation”.
This is the second year running that a student from the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pretoria is awarded the overall first prize in this prestigious colloquium. In 2008, Neil Swanepoel won first prize for his presentation entitled “Age-hardening of aluminium alloy EN 4017”.