Mining for opportunities

Mining for opportunities

An academic-industry partnership gives student real-world experience
August 12, 2013

When mining giant Vale called upon Robert Pelton at McMaster University to develop an economically feasible way to extract nickel from lower-grade ore in the Thompson, Man., nickel belt, it attracted the attention of Chinese chemical engineer, Songtao Yang. He came to Canada in 2007 to work on the Vale project and complete his PhD with Pelton’s Interfacial Technologies Group.

To conduct his research on nickel processing, Yang frequently visits Vale’s lab in Mississauga, Ont. He is getting first-hand industry experience acting as a liaison and coordinating meetings with industrial partners — valuable experience that will help him when he enters the workforce.