Dr Mark Cooksey

Process Development Research Leader

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Dr Mark Cooksey is a Senior Principal Research Leader within the Processing Program in CSIRO Mineral Resources.

He is responsible for the development and commercialisation of a number of process technologies in the minerals and process industries.

Dr Cooksey's research interests include:
- disruptive process technology development and commercialisation
primary metal production, particularly aluminium smelting
- process improvement (trained to 'black belt' level in Six Sigma, a quality improvement and change management methodology)
- decision-making under uncertainty, particularly in relation to the minerals industry

Dr Cooksey CSIRO in 2004 as a project leader for multiple research projects in aluminium and magnesium production. Since 2008 he has led a variety of groups responsible for scientific and commercial aspects of process development, particularly for metallurgical processes.

While at CSIRO, Mark has completed a PhD in Chemical and Materials Engineering, developing a technique to directly measure ohmic electrical resistance in aluminium reduction cells.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2012

    PhD (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

  • 1996

    Bachelor of Engineering (Materials, Honours)

  • 1996

    Bachelor of Science (Computer Science, Applied Mathematics)

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-Present

    Senior Principal Research Leader

  • 2008-2016

    Principal Research Leader

  • 2004-2008

    Senior Research Engineer

  • 2002-2004

    Quality Technologist
    GE Plastics

  • 2000-2002

    Senior Research Engineer
    Rio Tinto

  • 1997-1999

    Research Engineer
    Rio Tinto

Achievements and Awards

  • 2007-2008

    Young Leader Award .

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2004-Present


  • 1995-Present

    Engineers Australia