Minerals Down Under boss rejoins Curtin University

The director of CSIRO's Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship, Professor Peter Lily will next year return to the Curtin Institute of Minerals and Energy.

The director of CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship, Professor Peter Lily will next year return to the Curtin Institute of Minerals and Energy (CIME) in an executive role.

Lily, who was previously the director of Curtin’s West Australian School of Mines (WASM) from 2004 to 2006, will become the executive director of minerals and energy strategy from January.

According to the University, he will lead strategic business partnerships with the resources industry and work closely with the Faculty of Science and Engineering and the current director of WASM.

He will report to the deputy vice-chancellor of research and development, Professor Linda Kristjanson.

“Professor Lilly’s appointment is further commitment by the University to minerals and energy research and education,” she said.

Over the last 32 years, Lily has held positions in mine operations and development, academia, mining research and consulting engineering, and has worked on projects located in 15 countries.

He previously served as the chief of the CSIRO Division of Exploration and Mining and was a professor of mining engineering at Curtin between 1999 and 2004.

He is also a member of the Western Australian Government’s Mining Industry Advisory Committee and has served on the board of Snowden Mining Industry Consultants and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), of which he was president in 2006.

Furthermore, he was awarded both the Sir Willis Connolly Medal and the Beryl Jacka Award by AusIMM in 2008.

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