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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2015 MIPPS PLACEMENTS

  • AB Mauri Technology and Development Pty Ltd., North Ryde, NSW (2 Students)
  • BOC Ltd., North Ryde NSW
  • Dow Chemical, Minneapolis, USA
  • Dow Chemical, Sadara, Saudi Arabia
  • Dow Chemical Australia Ltd., Geelong, VIC
  • Ignite Energy Resources, Somersby, NSW
  • Schneider Electric, Macquarie Park, NSW
  • Sydney Water, Parramatta, NSW
  • VISY, Smithfield, NSW

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 2014 Project Summaries


Project title:Development of optimum operating strategies for the acid digestion process at Cronulla Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Sponsor: Sydney Water

A balancing tank ahead of the anaerobic digester at Cronulla Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) was suspected of performing as an acid phase digester. This was confirmed by the high degree of solubilisation of organic matter and volatile fatty acids (VFA) produced. An experimental and theoretical investigation into the upstream performance of the anaerobic digester under varied operating conditions helped determine the optimum operational parameters. This enabled improvements in volatile acid formation (acidogenesis) with significant potential techno-economic benefits.

Project title: Cooper Basin Waste Management Plan

Sponsor: Santos

The update of the Cooper Basin Waste Management Plan required engagement with stakeholders, conducting surveys and interviews. The project required identification and analysis of a full range of legislative documents and company standards. This included visits to remote locations throughout Central Australia to develop an understanding about the waste management practices undertaken in the field. The Plan will improve Santos’ environmental performance and operational efficiency.

Project title: An Examination of Quality Reviews for the Dow Aramco Reverse Osmosis Project

Sponsor: The Dow Chemical Company

This project, based at Dow Chemicals offices in Houston USA, focused on Fluor and Dow Reverse Osmosis project quality reviews during the transition from FEED to Detail Design. It involved enhancing the Fluor review in order to meet the Dow requirements, reducing both cost and schedule. The aims of this project were achieved through a combination of desk reviews, interviews and surveys with experienced Dow and Fluor personnel.

Project title: Construction Productivity Study: Welding at Sadara CHEM II Isocyanates

Sponsor: The Dow Chemical Company

Through in-field studies, the labour productivity and welding productivity were tracked and measured at the Dow Aramco CHEM II Isocyanates construction project on location at Sadara Saudi Arabia. Through comparative analysis with literature, welding productivity benchmarks were established for the Middle East region and guidelines were developed for welding productivity improvement on future megaprojects.

Project title: Re-designing the Boggy Creek Carbon Dioxide (CO2) production plant to handle a different feed gas. Investigate cost-benefits of various options.

Sponsor: BOC

Through simulation studies, verified against both design parameters and historical operational data, it was determined how the CO2 plant would perform if it is required to operate on a different feed gas. To maintain production rates, various changes in the plant would be required and the economics of each option were analysed. BOC was provided with a complete UniSim model of the plant for future reference and/or plant modifications.

Project title: Planning the Regulatory Permitting Process for the Dow-Sadara Co-Polymer Polyols (CPP) Facility in Saudi Arabia

Sponsor: The Dow Chemical Company

This project, based in Houston USA, focused on the regulatory process for Dow-Sadara Co-polymers Polyol (CPP) project in Saudi Arabia. Its aim was to create a strategic permitting schedule and work process. ‘Lessons Learned’ were obtained from the procurement of capital equipment for the three polyethylene trains Dow Engineering Company (DEC) were contracted. Lessons learnt will be used for future Dow or Sadara projects in Saudi Arabia.


Project title: Commissioning and validation of Fluidised Bed Drying for Yeast

Sponsor: AB Mauri

The understanding of yeast fluidized-bed drying has been improved by the application of pilot-scale testing and scaling theory from the literature, allowing the performance of yeast drying to be extrapolated to different processing conditions of air and product. New pilot-scale fluidized-bed dryers had been built and commissioned, with MIPPS support during the project.


Project title: Emulsion and Dispersal Regeneration

Sponsor: AB Mauri

This experimental study based at North Ryde examined the formation and stability of nano-dispersions and emulsions. New methods of emulsion and dispersion generation were developed and tested.

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

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.