Meet Rajendra Talamudupula

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Rajendra (Raj) 's inquisitive nature and love of problem-solving led him to pursue a Bachelor of Mining Engineering in India, followed by a Master's degree at the University of Kentucky, specializing in Mineral Processing. As Kentucky is in the Central Appalachian Coal Belt, Raj's thesis focused on coal and coal processing principals - principals that could easily be applied to other ore types.

Before joining Ausenco, he gained experience designing coal process plants as well as various metal processing plants such as uranium, copper, gold etc. With over 12 years of experience under his belt, Raj is an acting Pipeline Manager, Study Manager and Principal Process Engineer on Ausenco's Pipeline team in Concord, California. His work includes business development (with a focus on India), study management and design and engineering of long distance slurry pipelines, water pipelines and tailings pipelines as well as laboratory testing.

Joining our heritage company PSI in 2008, Raj was given the opportunity as a process engineer to manage the OCP Phosphate Slurry Pipeline project in Morocco. This included the design of a 250 km pipeline system - the largest phosphate slurry pipeline in the world - which was developed to replace rail transportation. The OCP project is Raj's most memorable project at Ausenco. The team performed all aspects of the project including the upstream and downstream processes (filtration, storage, distribution and drying plant). The project was commissioned in 2014, with Ausenco still providing support for operations today. Throughout the last nine years, Raj has been very hands-on with the project, traveling to Morrocco over 20 times for the project.

Given the recent mining climate - Raj has seen an upswing in competition on the global market for projects. Also, clients are eager to find new ways to lower cost - including looking for local solutions. Raj believes that what sets Ausenco apart from other companies is our extensive experience, our innovative approach to design and our continuous effort to improve to create more value for our clients

Raj's curious nature and his love for problem solving led him to a bachelor's degree in mining engineering in India, followed by a master's degree at the University of Kentucky, specializing in mineral processing. Since Kentucky is part of the central Appalachian coal belt, Raj's thesis focused on the principles of coal treatment - principles that could easily be applied to other types of ore. Before joining Ausenco, he acquired experience in the design of coal processing plants as well as in various metal processing plants, such as uranium, copper, gold, etc. on the Ausenco Pipeline team in Concord, California. His work includes business development (with a focus on India),

By joining our company PSI in 2008, Raj had the opportunity, as a process engineer, to manage the OCP Slurry Pipeline Phosphate project in Morocco. This project included the design of a 250 km pipeline network - the largest phosphate slurry pipeline in the world - which was developed to replace rail transportation. The OCP project is Raj's most memorable project in Ausenco. The team carried out all aspects of the project, including the upstream and downstream processes (filtration, storage, distribution and drying installation). The project was implemented in 2014, with Ausenco which continues to support operations to this day. Over the past nine years, Raj has been very active with the project, with more than 20 trips made to Morocco as part of its implementation. Raj

Given the recent mining climate - Raj has seen increased competition in the global project market. In addition, customers are eager to find new ways to cut costs - including finding local solutions. Raj believes that what sets Ausenco apart from other companies is our vast experience, our innovative approach to design and our continuous effort to improve to create more value for our customers.

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