Alumni Updates

Thomas de la Perrelle

2019 Nyrstar/Playford Trust Scholarship

I am a fourth year Mechanical Engineering and Physics student at the University of Adelaide. Throughout last year I enjoyed studying materials science and learning more about the project management side of engineering through the design of an Antarctic Weather Station. Commencing 2021 I hope to study the production of hydrogen from methane, although the selection of Honours projects is still occurring. After completing honours, I will finish my double major in Experimental and Theoretical Physics, while seeking employment in the space or defence sector. Over the last two summers, I have had the valuable opportunity through this scholarship to undertake work experience at the Nyrstar Port Pirie lead smelter, where I worked on improving the screening for a roast zinc concentrate. As part of the Capital Projects team, I had the opportunity to develop my project management skills, from interactions with contractors to applying for capital expenditure. Additionally, I gained experience as I undertook a project from design, to manufacturing and finally installation and testing. This provided an invaluable opportunity to test my engineering education in a real-life setting, and I learned many valuable lessons. These skills will hold me in good stead into the future, especially going into my honours project.

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2011 Scantech/Playford Trust scholarship
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