Business Breakfast

sponsored by BHP

Attracting and retaining the best STEM talent to the mining, oil, gas, water and agriculture sectors

As part of the AMSI Optimise 2019 program, BHP and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) will be holding a joint Business Breakfast. The networking breakfast will be opened by Dr Gaurav Singh, Manager, Operations Research at BHP and will include a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Liz Dallimore on the ‘challenges of attracting maths and related discipline graduates and professionals into the mining, oil and gas, agriculture and water sectors in a competitive labour market.’

Date: Tuesday 18 June
Time: 7.30-9.30am
Venue: Hyatt Regency Perth
Cost: $40 per person or included in the Optimise 3 and 5 day conference registration

OPENING PRESENTATION: Fostering the future of Applied Mathematics & Decision Sciences at BHP

Digital disruption and the pace of technological change is expanding the demand for skills in applied mathematics and decision science across all industries. At the same time, the STEM participation rates in secondary and tertiary education are falling in Australia. Therefore for industries to stay competitive it is essential for them to foster the future pipeline of STEM educated professionals.

This presentation considers the STEM education and labour force trends in Australia and beyond, and outlines BHP’s commitment to and investment in the current and future STEM workforce, with a spotlight on applied mathematics and decision science capability.

Dr Gaurav Singh

Manager, Operations Research, Research and Development, Technology

Gaurav has over 15 years’ experience in strategic planning, operations management and advanced analytics. At BHP Gaurav is responsible for embedding advanced decision science at all organisational levels, with a focus on R&D in optimisation, simulation and machine learning algorithms.  Previously he was practice lead for decision science and a principle scientist in the Geoscience projects and engineering team. Prior to joining BHP, Gaurav was a research stream leader at CSIRO where he led research and industrial projects including optimisation of supply chains, maintenance programs and rail scheduling; decision support tools development and workforce and production planning. He has also lectured in mathematics and operations research. Gaurav holds a PhD in Scheduling Theory, an MSc in Operations Research and an MA and  BA(Hons) in Mathematics.

Dr Liz Dallimore

Director, WA Data Science Innovation Hub

Liz is the Director of the Western Australian Data Science Innovation Hub where she is responsible for implementing the strategic priorities of the Hub, focussed on building the data science ecosystem in WA. Prior to joining the Hub, Liz was the National Director for Research Engagement & Commercialisation at KPMG. Liz spent 12 years in consulting working with both the start-up and SME community and large corporates to help them fund and commercialise novel ideas and technologies. Liz has also worked as a scientist at the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute (now the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translations Sciences) and at the UK’s Food Standards Agency. Liz holds a PhD in Neuroscience, an MBA and a BSc. (Hons).

Dr Kylie Hollins

Manager, Analytics & Digital

Kylie has experience in corporate organisations in the minerals sector, government and academia.   She has experience as a director on Not-for-Profit boards in education, health and aged care. Kylie’s current role is Analytics and Digital Manager (Alcoa). Previous roles have included Studies Director, Major Projects (Woodside) and Superintendent, Autonomous and Remote Operations (BHP). She has a PhD in Data Science and an MBA (Technology), UNSW. Kylie enjoys leading data science and digital teams to add business value in innovative ways.

Jane Mitchell

Head, Digital Services
Water Corporation

Jane is the Head of Digital Services at Water Corporation where she is responsible for the delivery of key services for strategy and architecture, cyber security, technical delivery, operations management for infrastructure and enterprise applications, data science and geospatial. Prior to joining Water Corporation, Jane has had over 20 years of experience in private and public sectors within consultancy, strategy, enterprise and technical delivery. Jane also served for nine years with the Royal Australian Airforce within technology and communications. Jane strives to deliver business and customer value through digital services and data insights.

Dr Julie Howell

Associate Director Careers & Employment Centre
Curtin University

Julie Howell is the Associate Director Careers & Employability at Curtin University Careers. Julie’s employment has substantially lain within the education sector in both Australia and Canada. Underpinning responsibilities in program management and delivery, has been a belief that access to career development support is essential for all Australians for both individual benefit and the economic growth of the country. Julie’s research interests are motivated by a desire to both strongly link theory and practice and to incorporate career development learning within curricula. Julie was the National President of NAGCAS (the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) from 2013-2018 and a previous board member of Graduate Careers Australia.