Full Name: Simone Jade Naicker
Position: Relieving Senior Engineer, Metallurgy
What contribution do you see yourself making to the Young Professionals Council and the SAIMM?:
I aim to share practical operational insight and support in the development of upcoming professionals. Mentorship is close to my heart, and I hope to use the platform to form meaningful connections to both learn and share.
Interaction/activities that you currently participate in within the SAIMM (if applicable):
- SAIMM YPC WEBINAR PRESENTER
- SAIMM YPC STRATEGY
- BENG CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
- UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA
Brief career history:
- ENGINEER IN TRAINING
- VALUE CHAIN INTEGRATOR (ACTING)
- SENIOR METALLURGICAL ENGINEER (ACTING)
- METALLURGICAL ENGINEER
- SENIOR METALLURGICAL ENGINEER (CURRENTLY ACTING)
Date and place of birth:
13/07/1993, SOUTH AFRICA
Other industry body affiliations?
What are your views on the 4th industrial revolution?
I believe that young professionals will play a critical role in the execution of projects and development of strategies to utilise technology for improved practices. The adoption of AI within our daily work will become common practice.
If you were a precious metal what would you be and why?
Palladium – given the major application in catalytic convertors, I resonate with this metal as I consider myself a catalyst for positive energy and productivity.
How do you think industry bodies such as the SAIMM can better equip young professionals such as yourself?
Allow a platform for integration and knowledge sharing – YPC talk Tuesdays was a great idea.
Soft skill training regarding common issues facing young professionals
How do you see young professionals making a significant change in the industry?
A fresh perspective allows for incremental change and maintenance of systems whilst upgrading and automating. Young professionals today will carry on their shoulders the responsibility to initiate and implement digital strategies and lead the 4IR transformation.
What gets you up in the morning?
A desire to add value and contribute.
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