This is a guest post and part of our ongoing Student Life series

By Xiaohan Yang, PhD student, School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering

Xiaohan Yang, PhD student of the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering attended the International Conference on Ground Control in Mining in Morgantown, USA 23-25 July, 2019.

‘It was a great opportunity for me to know more about the mining research and industry of the U.S. and other countries. It proved to be a great social network event for me also, as I built good connections with students and teachers from the University of Utah and West Virginia University’.

West Virginia University Campus. Guanyu Yang (UOW PhD student) right, Xiaohan Yang left.

The 2019 International Conference on Ground Control in Mining was a forum designed to promote communication in ground control research among consultants, regulators, manufacturers, and mine operators to expedite solutions to ground control problems in mining.

In addition to attending the conference sessions, Xiaohan participated in networking functions, ‘I joined the boat tour of Monongahela River, organised by the conference organiser, and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful scenery. I would like to thank EIS and my supervisor Dr Ting Ren for providing the funding. Much thanks to my principal supervisor Dr Ting Ren, my co-supervisor Dr Alex Remennikov and our visiting fellow Prof Xueqiu He for their support with my PhD study. The help and assistance that I received from co-author Mr Lihai Tan on the preparation of this conference paper are also highly appreciated’.