WEBINAR - MEC Mining Industry Breakfast (Dec 2020)
Thu, 3 December 2020
Join MEC for breakfast with Professor Ross McAree – Head of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at the University of Queensland.
About this event
The University of Queensland (UQ) has a proud tradition of offering world-class teaching and research in mining engineering. UQ is committed to maintaining and developing these programs to serve the future needs of the Australian resource industry in changing technological, environmental and societal contexts. In response to demands from industry and in UQ’s quest for sustainable education programs, they have restructured the way the university delivers mining engineering education to attract a diverse and talented cohort of students and to produce outstanding, industry-ready graduates for the Australian and international resources industry. Professor Ross McAree will outline the proposed structural change to UQ’s delivery of mining engineering which is anticipated to produce enough capable graduates to sustain the sector.
About Professor Ross McAree
Professor Ross McAree is Head of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at the University of Queensland. His research interests are focused on machinery dynamics and control with a current emphasis on mining equipment automation.
Professor McAree led the development and demonstration of the world’s first fully autonomous mining excavator as the outcome of a 10year collaboration with Joy Global Surface Mining (now part of Komatsu) and has collaborated with Caterpillar Inc. to develop and trial the world’s first autonomous bulldozer capable of production dozing using the ‘pivot push’ method. From 2007-2015 Professor McAree held an industry funded (P&H) Chair in Mechanical Engineering and from 2009-2015 he was Vice President for Automation and Automation Program Leader with the Cooperative Research Centre for Mining.
He has attracted in excess of $12M dollars of Category 1-3 and $8.5M of Category 4 funding has contributed to the winning of two CRC bids (CRCMining and CRCMining2) for a total of $35.2M funding. He established the Mechatronic Engineering Plan at UQ in 2002. He has given leadership to his School as Chair of Research Committee (2009-2015) and Teaching and Learning Committee (2015-2017). Significant external service includes serving as Chair for the Australian Academy of Science National Committee on Mechanical Sciences (2001-2006) and as the Australian representative to the International Federation of Mechanism and Machine Theory (2001-continuing), Associate Editor for journal ‘Mechatronics’ (1999-2011) and member of Australian Standards Committees ME-27 and IT-06P. Professor McAree is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).