In 2008, Kalpana graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and was selected for Rio Tinto’s graduate program upon completion where she has held various positions since.
Currently employed as a Truck & Shovel Superintendent for GEMCO South32. In addition to this role, Kalpana supports the site by completing the Duty Manager role on a regular basis which involves being the point of contact and senior leadership for the whole operation over weekends.
Since moving to the community of Alyangula in 2016, Kalpana has led the recruitment and training of local community members via a Residential Training Program which has provided opportunities for improved gender diversity by supporting flexible rostering.
Kalpana also volunteers at events held by South32 in the community to show our support with social and family activities.