Gems in Mines Panel
Dec 30, 2015

Panel named “Gems in Mines” was organized on December 15, 2015 by ITU Faculty of Mines, Mining Engineering Club, and Mineral Processing Engineering Club.

The panel organized in İhsan Ketin Conference Hall by ITU Faculty of Mines, conducted with the support of Women’s Studies Center in Science, Engineering and Technology (ITU BTM KAUM). The subjects of job equality and place of women in mining sector were discussed in the panel. Prof. Fatma Arslan, Dean of Faculty of Mines, was the moderator of the panel in which sector representatives, academicians and students participated.

During the panel where problems and solutions about the employment of women in mining sector were discussed, challenges women encounter while seeking employment as mineral processing engineers and mining engineers in the sector were emphasized. The issue of job equality in mining sector which has not reached the desired levels at the present time was highlighted as a matter to be supported.


Women mining engineers working in the sector participated the panel: G. Şeyda Çağlayan (General Manager, TÜRK Maadin Şti A.Ş.), Nursun Şirvancı (Process and Maintenance Manager, Efemçukuru Altın Madeni İşletmesi, Tüprag Metal Madencilik Tic. A.Ş.), Esen Tuncer (Facility Manager, Akmetal Madencilik ve Ltd. Şti.), Burçin Öztürk Demirhanöz (PHD Student, University of Queensland and Caterpillar-WesTrac Australia - 'Mine Performance and Technology application Engineering Expert”, Business development Group, Technology Department), Şükriye Beste Aydın (Research Assistant, ITU Faculty of Mines – Mineral Processing Engineering), Yaprak Çelik Emek (Filli Boya - Betek Boya ve Kimya Sanayi A.Ş.- Water-based Paint R&D Executive ).

Şeyda Çağlayan, speaker participated in the panel, stated: “We, as women educated at ITU, are relatively lucky, however as a women engineer who has been working in the male-dominated sector and sometimes struggled about it, as working woman and as an individual I would like to point out that even in the first quarter of 21.century job equality in mining sector in the World has not reached the desired levels.”
Nursun Şirvancı also declared that: “It is a privilege to be a part of ITU. It is an important organization showing how much ITU Faculty of Mines owns its students and how much it considers their future. It is imperative that these young female brains should work with their male colleagues together in the mining sector as well as all other sectors to carry countries to leading civilizations’ levels. As long as we believe, struggle with the challenges and soldier on”.

Esen Tuncer stated: “First of all, I wish for all colleague candidates to work hard in order to prioritize work safety, decide like an engineer by considering problems analytically, and be sensitive towards their environments and developments as well as problems in their country. For female students, I also suggest them to realize the hardship of occupation requirements and fight against the shortcomings without an individualist approach.”
Burçin Öztürk Demirhanöz stated: “I have been in the mining sector as a student and as a professional for 14-15 years. I have learnt many different mine planning and mine design software programs and applications both in my education and working periods. I believe one should follow the innovations all the time in the sector, study supplementary fields as well in order to be successful apart from engineering education.”

Şükriye Beste Aydın stated: “One of the most difficult engineering to work as a female engineer is Mining Engineering. Recently, with the increase in the number of female students in Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing Engineering Department, the number of woman engineers working in these fields in the sector also increased. If woman engineer candidates really love the occupation that are educated in and work in the area, there is nothing they could not conquer.”

Yaprak Çelik Emek concluded that session by stating: “We should not forget that all sectors need “Gems in Mines” and we should not stay behind in business life just because we are women.”

The panel concluded with the plaque presentation to the participants.