Dr Elaine Wightman
Elaine Wightman specialises in process mineralogy and seeks to understand the contribution from the physical characteristics of particles to their behaviour during processing. The use of automated tools for mineral characterisation has been core to many of Elaine’s research activities at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre. Elaine is also involved in teaching to a broad spectrum of learners and has experience in developing a range of course materials for both face-to-face and online delivery.
Dr George Barakos
Dr Barakos has significant experience not only in the academia but also in the mining industry, having worked as a consulting engineer in mining operations in Greece for several years. To keep pace with the evolution in the mining industry and its transition to the digital era, his recent research interest is also focusing on the automation and digitalisation of mining operations, as well as the digitilisation of the technical, economic and environmental evaluation of mining projects; how to introduce the IoT in mining operations, digitilisation of the mining project evaluation process and commodity market analyses using big data.