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Prof Steve Hannah, CEO Optika Solutions, Hon Bill Marmion MLA, Minister for State Development; Finance; Innovation, Prof Bryan Maybee, Curtin University, Prof Dan Packey, Director Mineral Economics, Curtin University

A celebration lunch was hosted at the Western Australia Club on Friday 17 June to mark the completion of the Master of Science in Mineral Economics of the Mineral and Energy Economics Department at Curtin Graduate School of Business.  The 18 month course, run by the Curtin University School of Business, cumulates in a one week intensive unit where students are required to conduct a real-world analysis of project and financial evaluation of a mining project.

This year’s intensive final unit was supported by members of the team from Optika Solutions.  Led by Optika’s Principal Consultant, Dr Jose Saavedra-Rosas, who is also is an Adjunct Professor and Academic Director of the Mineral Economics program offered at the University of Chile, Santiago, students were offered the use of Optika’s decision support platform, Akumen, to do their analysis and reporting.

Dr Saavedra-Rosas said “We were happy to offer students the use of the Akumen platform to conduct their research and make their evaluations. The students who chose to use Akumen found they were able to generate in depth insight and take advantage of the collaboration mechanisms offered by the platform, all of which helped them work through to the best solution and recommendation for their ‘client’. “

Students and staff enjoyed the hospitality of the Western Australia Club, where they were joined by Hon Bill Marmion, MLA, Minister for State Development; Finance; Innovation.

Optika Solutions have been working closely with Curtin University over the past 18 months on various research and development projects.  The partnership sees the West Perth based technology developer working closely with Western Australia’s preeminent technology university on new innovations, products and opportunities that continue to deliver value to the State. Recently, this partnership has been materialised in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Optika Solutions and Curtin Business School to further develop academic and joint research activities.

For more information on Optika Solutions’ Akumen decision support platform, please visit www.akumenonline.com

For more information on Curtin University and the Master of Science, Mineral and Energy Economics program, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/postgraduate/Master-Mineral-EnergyEconomics


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