Presenter 3: Shunsuke Tsuya (M1)
His hobbies are watching TV, especially soccer and recently, gardening. His hometown is Tokyo. He graduated with a bachelor of engineering from Akita University in March 2017, and in the following month, started his master’s research with the regular graduate program of Akita University. However, after six months, in October 2017, he switched over to the LP. The reason for this change in graduate program was that LP offered him a greater opportunity to acquire the knowledge of global resource development; a culturally-diverse presence of international students and researchers from various research fields to interact with; and a chance to develop his confidence and competence in English language communication skills. His master’s research is looking into designing new technology to reduce the cost of developing ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems. The GSHP is one of the renewable energies that takes advantage of moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce operational costs of heating and cooling systems on land. If this cost is low, it can facilitate the establishment of GHSP as an important contributor to sustainable energy resources. He looks forward to a challenging but exciting atmosphere that will sharpen his global outlook on issues related to energy and mineral resources.
Presenter 4: Labone Godirilwe (M1)
She likes tasting new dishes because she believes the way to discover the best things in life, is to try new things. She went to University of Botswana for 2 years, studying for her bachelor of science, and then continued to Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada, where she completed her undergraduate study and graduated in 2011 with a bachelor of chemical engineering. Her undergraduate thesis designed a current sensor for electro winning crossbars, which provided an efficient and timely current monitoring method for achieving good quality, uniform metal deposition on cathodes. In August 2011, she joined a newly operating copper mine, Discovery Metals Limited (DML), as a graduate metallurgist; and from September 2012 until October 2016, she worked at BCL copper-nickel smelter as a plant metallurgist. Her responsibilities included the commissioning and optimization of a concentrator plant, carrying out metallurgical test works, and daily analysis of production and plant’s performance at DML whereas at BCL, her duties included process assurance, monitoring of plant improvement technologies and conducting various metallurgical test works. For her master’s research, she will be investigating the unique influence of impurities in the copper anode on anode passivation. This research is a contributing step towards achieving efficient and less expensive copper processing methods that could be incentive enough to establish copper processing facilities, especially in developing countries like Botswana, where copper concentrates from its vast copper mines are currently sold outside the country.
Presenter 5: Brian Sinaice (M1)
He enjoys cycling, driving, listening to music and camping. He graduated from University of Botswana with a bachelor’s degree in geology in 2015. His undergraduate thesis was under the topic ‘Development of shear zones in the Gaborone Granite in the area south-west of Thamaga’, with the objective of mapping shear zones, deducing their orientations and studying their mylonitic structures in thin sections. Before coming to Akita University to start his masters’ degree, he worked as a geotechnical engineer at Orapa and Karowe diamond mines. His tasks included drilling supervision and core logging. His masters’ research will seek to classify and identify rocks using hyper-spectral imaging and a deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN) system. His preliminary analyses, which combined hyper-spectral signatures with the deep learning system, was capable of distinguishing classic volcanic and plutonic rocks of known origin. He will expand the data to include a variety of rocks of unknown origin. This will be a useful tool in the field and in the laboratory. After his training in the LP, he would like to enter the world of research in order to collaborate with other international researchers; and be involved in policy and decision-making, be it in government, academia, or industry.