Dr Spearing has a diverse background in academia and the mining industry. With an international career spanning 40 countries, Australia is the fourth continent he has lived in.
Previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA, Dr Spearing said he hoped his global experience will reinforce the global reputation of the School and strengthen the relationships between the WA School of Mines, Curtin, the mining industry, alumni and local community.
“As Director, I would like to help grow research and international collaborations with the WA School of Mines Curtin whilst still maintaining the proud local history of the School,” Dr Spearing said.
During his career, Dr Spearing has commercialised various patents and products, supported over $1.5 million dollars of funded research since joining academia in 2007 and has been published in a variety of technical books and related publications.