The second LP-SAM* was held on June 1st. After some announcements by Assistant Professor Kofi Adomako-Ansah, five students gave presentations. It was a fulfilling sight to behold as the presenters were engaged in fruitful discussions with the audience. Due to the increased number of presenters for this LP-SAM, the meeting was divided into two sessions and lasted 30 minutes longer than usual. The first session, which constituted self-introduction, previous works and future plans in the LP, was given by three newly-enrolled students**, as summarized below.
Presenter 1: Enkzul Bayarmagnai (M1)
One of her hobbies is collecting hair clips. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mineral processing engineering from Mongolian University of Science and Technology. After her graduation in 2012, she worked as a mineral processing engineer at Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia until March 2017. She has co-authored a book chapter in “Rare Earths Industry: Technological, Economic, and Environmental Implications” based on results from REEs study on Mongolian ore samples. It was published in 2015 by Elsevier. Recently, her country is implementing several large projects on gold mining.The use of sodium cyanide (NaCN) to recover gold would have damaging impact on the environment, human health and aquatic life. So, for her master’s research, she will attempt to develop an effective and more environmnental-friendly gold recovery method from low grade ores using thiosulphate leaching. The target of this research is to reduce environmental impacts of gold mining and to develop a gold extraction technology using thiosulphate leaching as well as to lower the cost of gold recovery from low grade ores.
Presenter 2: Avriel Venis Literal Cirineo (D1)
His interests are porphyry Cu deposits, computer modelling of geological data and resource estimation. His hobbies include photography and learning Japanese Kanji. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2010. Later, he worked as a geologist with Philex Mining Corporation (PMC), where he gained vast knowledge and experience in exploration, resource estimation, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC). In exploration, he was tasked with various drilling projects, some of which delineated deeper extensions to the Sto. Tomas II orebody. He was then assigned to the Technical Services Division as a research and development (R&D), and QAQC geologist. He joined LP doctor’s program after completing the Akita University regular master’s program, in which he applied geoscientific methods to characterize the PMC’s Clifton Cu-Au prospect. In his doctoral research, he will focus on the Deep Au Zone at the Sto. Tomas II deposit, and also consider the district-scale mineralization of porphyry and epithermal Cu-Au prospects within PMC’s mining lease, southern Baguio district, Philippines.
Presenter 3: Larona Sethunya Teseletso (M1)
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geology from University of Botswana. For her undergraduate thesis, she traced the origin of sulfur in Selebe-Phikwe Cu-Ni magmatic deposits. After graduation, she worked as an exploration geologist in gold and copper deposits before enrolling in Akita University as a research student in Oct. 2016. As her country is faced with electricity deficits, she is conducting a master’s research to optimize a long term electricity supply through coal production in Botswana. Her study will investigate and upgrade Botswana’s coal resource base as an energy source for power supply. She will also apply financial evaluation methods that will link the flow interactions of coal mine production, electricity consumption and policies in order to ensure benefit through revenue generation.
*LP-SAM:Leading Program Student Activitiy Meeting
LP-SAM provides a platform for students of different research backgrounds and professors to interact.It is aimed at developing and sharpening students organization and communication skills in a global environment. At such meetings students share the activities that they are/were engaged in during the course of the academic year. These activities include reports on research progress, field survey, conferences and field trips etc.
**Six students were enrolled in this April.