Major Industrial Project Placement Scholarship (MIPPS) Scheme

The Major Industrial Project Placement Scholarship (MIPPS) Scheme has been successfully running since 2000. Its aim is to embed some of the top 25% of final year undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students for six months fulltime in leading companies (listed below are this year's placements). The projects the students undertake are of benefit to themselves, the company and the school's profile.

Typically the scheme has involved 10 to 15 students each year. Over 165 students have now been part of the MIPPS program with over 20 companies having participated in this scheme. Some of the companies involved this year have been with the program since the start, a testament to the value the companies see in the program. The companies have paid a small fee of $28,000 for the 2014 scheme, which covers the student scholarship and academic supervision fees. Overseas and interstate living costs are an extra cost to the host company. This year there are 3 overseas placements with Dow Chemical, a wonderful opportunity for our students to immerse themselves in other cultures and the workplace at the same time.

Participating companies value MIPPS for the outcomes of the projects and exposure to the top students. Many of these students are recruited by the participating company after graduation. It is a very good vehicle for the company to deepen its relationship with the School, Faculty and the University. MIPPS remains the premier undergraduate program in the School’s offerings for the foreseeable future.

For more information with regards to MIPPS please contact our MIPPS Coordinator: Annette Karydis.
P: +61 2 9351 5019
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2014 MIPPS PLACEMENTS

  • AB Mauri Technology and Development Pty. Ltd. North Ryde, NSW (2 Students)
  • BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Corporation Pty. Ltd., Adelaide, SA (2 Students)
  • BOC Ltd. North Ryde, NSW
  • Dow Chemical, London, UK
  • Dow Chemical, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Dow Chemical, Sadara, Saudi Arabia
  • Dow Chemical Australia Ltd. Altona, VIC
  • Dow Chemical Australia Ltd. Geelong, VIC
  • Epuron Pty Ltd, North Sydney, NSW
  • Santos Ltd, Adelaide, SA
  • Sydney Water, Parramatta, NSW

Selected MIPPS 2013 Project Summaries


Project title: Impact of redox potential on copper recovery from copper sulphides

Sponsor: BHP Billiton

This experimental study examined the impact of redox potential on copper extraction from bornite, chalcocite and chalcopyrite minerals in low and high chloride leach media. Correlations provide acid consumption from gangue dissolution and the copper dissolution rates for different minerals under various processing conditions.

Project title: Optimisation of the Kooragang Island Carbon Dioxide Facility.

Sponsor: BOC

Through simulation studies, measurements on site and historical operational data,the MIPPS student was able to make robust conclusions on how to optimise the performance of the Kooragang Island carbon dioxide plant. She also provided BOC with a complete UniSim model of the plant for future reference and/or plant modifications.
Immediate cost savings of $130,000 p.a. have also been implemented.

Project title: Lessons Learned for Procurement for the Polyethylene Envelope for the Sadara Project.

Sponsor: Dow Engineering Company (DEC)

This project focused on ‘Lessons Learned’ from procurement of capital equipment for the three polyethylene trains Dow Engineering Company (DEC) were contracted to build at Sadara.

Through analysis and interviews, the student identified the key essential factors for good procurement performance and found that an earned value method (EVM) of reporting procurement progress has to have some inbuilt flexibility to allow for added/deleted orders.

2013 MIPPS PLACEMENTS

  • AB Mauri Technology and Development Pty. Ltd. North Ryde, NSW
  • BHP Billiton Olympic Dam Corporation Pty. Ltd., Adelaide, SA (2 Students)
  • BOC Ltd. North Ryde, NSW
  • Dow Chemical, Houston, Texas, USA
  • Dow Chemical Australia Ltd. Geelong, VIC
  • Santos Ltd, Adelaide, SA
  • Sydney Water, Parramatta, NSW
  • VISY Pulp and Paper, Smithfield, NSW