Women in the Mining Tech Sector Series: ‘Breaking the Ground’ with Alex C.

 Featuring Alex Comaniciu, Mining Technology Engineer

 

As International Women’s Day approaches, it’s an opportune moment to shine a spotlight on the new generation of women who are breaking ground and reshaping the landscape of the mining tech sector.

Historically dominated by men, the mining industry has seen a gradual but significant shift towards inclusivity and diversity, with women playing pivotal roles in driving innovation, sustainability, and progress. Whether you are the head of a mining exploration organization or are part of a mining software technology team,  equity in mining is a shared responsibility.

In order to inspire future generations of women in the mining sector, it is crucial to acknowledge and celebrate the pioneering women who paved the way, as well as those currently making significant contributions throughout the mining value chain.

Building a New Narrative

Today, we took the opportunity to speak with colleagues from around the world about their experience in the Tech and Mining working space.

We asked Alexandra Comaniciu, Mining Technology Engineer at IntelliSense.io, how they are contributing to the sector, what main challenges they have faced, and the advice they have for women embarking on their careers in the mining industry.

Can you share examples of how you have contributed to driving innovation and implementing technology solutions within the mining industry?

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“I have always aimed to find cross-disciplinary/holistic solutions to the problems that I worked on. Since my time in university, I have worked on various projects, from image processing using machine learning to identify ferro-manganese nodules in the deep sea, to analyzing the links between sustainability drivers and operational KPIs in open-pit projects, UAV use in ASM monitoring.

More recently driving process and data governance, as well as implementing the Stockpile and Inventory Optimization Application across various sites in South Africa and North America”.


What are some of the key challenges you have encountered as a woman in the mining tech sector, and how have you navigated and overcome them?

“Even when having a particular set of technical skills and/or the willingness to acquire them, I had to learn over the years to present my capabilities and enthusiasm and outline sometimes why my skills could be directed better elsewhere. 

Speaking up when needed and prioritizing based on both my company’s priorities and my personal career goals benefited both me and my work, as it allowed me to pivot and focus on projects that truly matter to me and harness my capabilities and enthusiasm, resulting in good and well-implemented projects. It also helps tremendously to have receptive line managers and/or mentors, like I did, to guide me through some complex situations in my career.

Volunteering with Women in Mining organizations both at a national and international level throughout the last few years has given me access to some great role models, which I think was crucial for my ability to define my career path, become more resilient, and ultimately become a part of the mining sector”.

 

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, what message would you like to share with fellow professionals and industry leaders about the importance of diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in the mining sector?

“Diversity drives innovation. Challenging conventional thinking, encouraging fresh ideas, and promoting creative problem-solving by welcoming new talent is crucial for our industry in the next couple of decades in order to deliver the resources that the world needs.

Personally, I have been fortunate to enter the mining sector at a time when a lot of initiatives around diversity, inclusion, and gender equality were taking place. It was actually a WIM UK event that I attended 5 years ago that made me want to choose the mining sector, and not another specialization. As I have seen myself represented not only as a woman but also as a foreigner and an outsider in this industry, it turned the idea of succeeding in a mining career from improbable to plausible. It also gave me the drive to work on meaningful projects and pay forward the opportunities that I have gotten so far”.

 

Highlighting Women’s Diversity at IntelliSense.io

Currently, women make up 32% of the workforce at IntelliSense.io, representing over 7 countries and holding various roles in HR, accounting, technology (software development, QA engineering), mining, and metallurgy.

On this International Women’s Day, IntelliSense.io reaffirms its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and gender equality in the tech & mining tech sector and beyond. We want to amplify the voices of women, advocate for equal opportunities, and strive to create environments where every individual, regardless of gender, can thrive and contribute meaningfully to the industry’s success.

Together, we can create a tech mining industry that is not only technologically advanced but also socially responsible and inclusive.

Mine to Market: Value Chain Optimization

The Stockpile & Inventory Optimization Application is one of a suite of real-time decision-making applications that uses AI to optimize each process; from mine to market.

Our Material Handling model connects these applications to drive even greater efficiency.

Our process optimization apps can be deployed on a specific process bottleneck or expanded across the entire value chain. They are powered by our Industrial AI Decision Intelligence Platform, brains.app.

Stockpile and Inventory Optimization

Stockpile & Inventory Optimization

Grinding Optimization App

Grinding Optimization

Thickener Circuit Optimization

Thickener Optimization

Flotation Circuit

Flotation Optimization

Solvent Extraction Optimization App

Solvent Extraction (SX) Optimization

Leaching Optimization App

Leaching Optimization