Former Nuriootpa High School student and now radiation consultant, Daniel Emes is the first recipient of the state’s Premier Energy and Mining Young Achiever Award.
The owner/operator of Cockatoo Valley based Radiation Consulting Australia was inspired to study physics by high school physics teacher, Mr Chris Gambell.
Daniel said the award means a great deal to him and it is fantastic to be recognised as a young leader in his field.
“Radiation safety is not a well known field, or one that gets much attention at all,” said Daniel.
“To be respected in the mining industry in the field requires a lot of hard work gaining trust and building rapport with workers and companies, which is something I pride myself on.”
With a university degree in applied physics also studying environmental science, Daniel added education to his studies.
This has given him the skills and knowledge needed across his role which includes being able to relate to people and convey often complex topics in a way they can understand.
“To be awarded for all the hard work developing trust and respect in my field at such a young age is awesome,” said Daniel.
After completing his university degree, Daniel said the role of a radiation safety officer really stood out.
It combines applied physics and environmental science and Daniel was fortunate to be accepted into BHP’s graduate programme at the largest uranium mine in the world.
On completion, Daniel took on a role as a radiation consultant working in the mining and medical industry before forming his own company focusing on mainly mining and industrial radiation safety and education.
Daniel said in his short career he has had many achievements spanning from being the youngest person accredited to the Australia Radiation Protection Accreditation Board to performing a baseline radiation assessment for a mining company in Sri Lanka to recently developing the radiation management system and documentation for a brand new underground mine, that was accepted by the SA EPA and is currently being implemented under his supervision and oversight.
Daniel said he was surprised to be presented with the award but is very proud of his achievements that lead to it.
He encourages others to consider a career path they are passionate about and not always following the crowd.
“When I selected applied physics and environmental science I was strongly advised that applied physics should only be paired with maths – but having the mix of physics and environmental science worked out perfectly in my industry and education has certainly helped too,” said Daniel.