A Sudbury researcher is being recognized with a prestigious award for her work toward reducing carbon dioxide emissions in mining.
Maryam Pourmahdavi has received the Gordon M. Ritcey Award for achievements in hydrometallurgy, which is bestowed by the Metallurgy and Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
Pourmahdavi, a PhD candidate of natural resource engineering at Laurentian University, is being recognized for her dissertation entitled “Design and verification of CO2 capture and sequestration systems utilizing the pressure swing absorption process in a hydraulic air compressor (HAC).”
Originally from Iran, Pourmahdavi has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Guilan University and a master's of science degree in mechanical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology.
In collaboration with the mining research group MIRARCO, she's a co-instructor of undergraduate students studying operation research at the University of Jiangxi University of Science and Technology in Ganzhou, China.
This marks the first time a student from Laurentian has received the Gordon M. Ritcey Award.
Ritcey was an expert in hydrometallurgy who worked for Eldorado Mining & Refining in Northwest Territories and, later, the Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology (CANMET) in Ottawa.