Alejandro Mari-Chatkiewicz

Alejandro Mari-Chatkiewicz

Alejandro Mari-Chatkiewicz

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Honours
  • Year commenced: 2014
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Major(s): Mining engineering

What made you choose the specialisation/major you studied?

I chose to study mining engineering because it combines my passion for traveling, engineering, sustainability and resources.

Tell us about what you studied – What was it? What did it involve? What did you actually do?

In my field I studied geology, logistics, mining processes and economics from an engineering perspective, and learning how these variables will reflect on the day-to-day production and planning.

What was the favourite thing about the field you studied?

My favourite part of this degree is learning how to translate large scale changes into small steps and actions for the planning and operators. I also enjoyed being able to learn from the real world in the industry placements I was able to participate in, thanks to my extra-curricular involvements at Monash University. I spent the last two summer breaks working in gold mines in remote locations learning all aspects of mining engineering from a real world perspective.

Apart from study, what else were you involved in both at Monash and off campus? (Paid work, sport, clubs, hobbies etc)?

Apart from study I have been involved in several student initiatives such as Engineers Without Borders, where I traveled to Cambodia to learn community development and humanitarian engineering, also the Monash Mining Society and currently the president of the AusIMM Melbourne Student Chapter, which organises industry based events and provides networking opportunities to students.

What was the best thing about being a student at Monash?

The best thing about being a Monash University student is the wealth of knowledge and resources the lecturers have, and their commitment to challenge and teach students to be the best of the best. Never before have I been in such a supportive environment where learning and personal development are the highest priority. We are always encouraged to look at our engineering designs through the lens of its social and environmental impacts to engineer profitable, culturally appropriate, environmentally conscious and safety ingrained solutions. We must never forget that engineering should be used to serve the community.

What advice do you have for prospective students starting uni next year?

Be brave! Even if you've never had a role in a club, join one. Put your hand up for a role you would like to learn from and contribute to and have fun!