Four undergraduate engineering students with an interest in sugar processing have each been awarded the prestigious Sugar Research Institute Scholarship for 2017.
Sugar Research Institute’s 2017 scholarship intake attracted a record number of applications from university undergraduates throughout Australia in their penultimate year of a mechanical, chemical, process or electrical engineering degree.
Successful 2017 Sugar Research Institute Scholarship recipients include:
Reegan Brown: University of Queensland, Mechanical Engineering and Commerce (Finance)
Michael Simmers: Queensland University of Technology, Electrical Engineering
Patrick Brennan: James Cook University, Mechanical Engineering
Natalie Mahoney: Queensland University of Technology, Electrical Engineering student with minors in Process Engineering and Management in Engineering
Scholarship recipients undertake three work placements of four weeks in Australian sugar mills during crushing and maintenance seasons and also receive $7,500 plus wages and allowances. The 2017 scholars will complete their first work placement during this year’s crushing season.
In 2015 and 2016, scholars gained valuable learning experience of process systems and machinery, insights into the maintenance requirements of a sugar factory, and opportunities to apply theory on real projects that improve process efficiency, sugar quality and plant design.
Following successful completion of their final work placement this year, SRI’s 2016 scholarship recipients will have acquired quality industry experience and enthusiasm for an opportunity to commence full-time employment in sugar mills.
Due to the high quality of applications, Sugar Research Institute partnered with Sugar Research Australia this year to award a special bursary to University of Queensland Chemical Engineering student Ajinkya (AJ) Lomate.
The special bursary is an additional award funded by Sugar Research Australia and will include four weeks paid work placement at an Australian mill.
Bruce King from SRI’s training department said the 2016 scholarship intake was highly successful in giving scholars valuable sugar factory experience, application of theory to project-based outcomes, and financial support to help with university studies.
“In addition to financial and work placement support, the scholarship program helps recipients to make the most of their university experience through extra development opportunities by building their leadership skills and professional networks,” Mr King said.
Occupations for graduates in the sugar processing industry typically include maintenance planners, production superintendents, electrical engineers, factory managers, chief chemists and engineering managers.