Sep 16, 2020

Peak Downs engineer shines at national awards

Peak Downs engineer shines at national awards

A geotechnical engineer from BMA’s Peak Downs mine in the Bowen Basin has won the Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award for 2020.

Kathryn Young was one of two Queensland winners when the prestigious Women in Resources National Awards were announced today.

She took the Exceptional Young Woman honour for her impressive technical leadership, mentoring and strong advocacy on gender diversity.

Ms Young said geotechnical engineering had been a great balance of technical work, while also providing hands-on experience.

“I am so passionate about geotechnical engineering and thankful for the incredibly rewarding career I’ve been able to have so far.  It’s truly so nice to be recognised through these national awards,” she said.

“When I started my career, I never realised how many opportunities I could pursue in the industry, and I’m hopeful young women looking at my experience can see the career pathway I’ve been able to follow, and consider becoming part of the resource industry themselves.”

Exceptional Young Woman in Australian Resources Award winner Kathryn Young. 

Ms Young, who started her career at BHP in 2014 through the graduate program, actively promotes STEM careers, while mentoring and encouraging female students to pursue careers in the resources and engineering industry.  

Career highlights have included achieving Chartered Professional status in the area of Geotech with AusIMM, being registered as a Professional Engineer of Queensland, and being named Practitioner of the Year by the Bowen Hunter Open Cut Geotechnical Society for her contributions to the industry.

She has volunteered for the past five years as a general committee member with the Space Design Competitions Australia, travelled to India as a technical team mentor, and attended the Bowen Basin Geotech Society annual event to encourage students to pursue a career in the mining geotechnical field.

She has actively volunteered as a mentor for the University of Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge for students in Brisbane and Moranbah. 

BMA Asset President James Palmer described My Young’s hard work, persistence and outstanding performance as hugely impressive.

“It’s critical that we have people like this in our business to drive change and help build our workforce for the future.”

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