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STEAMworks Exhibit Highlights Mining Sustainability

On Thursday, April 14, hundreds of high school and college students took to the UA Student Union for STEAMworks, a new exhibition for the creative side of science and engineering innovation.

Among the varied offerings was the Modern Mining booth, which allowed interested young engineers to investigate the impact of mining on Arizona’s economy and to explore the changing nature of the discipline as it embraces sustainability.

Design Day Is on the Way!

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UA Engineering Design Day 2016 is fast approaching.

On Tuesday, May 3, seniors from every single department in the College of Engineering – including, for the first time, MGE – will gather on the UA Mall and in the Student Union to present capstone design projects.

Join us from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to check out more than 100 student projects.

New this year: Download the free UA Engineering Design Day app for iPhone or for Android.

Mining Organizations Recognize UA Leadership

Pam Wilkinson, standing second from left, with visitors to the UA San Xavier Underground Mining Lab, the nation's largest student-run underground mine.Pamela A.K. Wilkinson, education outreach coordinator with the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, received the 2016 Ivan B. Rahn Education Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration for her dedication to educating Arizona schoolchildren and adults about responsible mining and the role of minerals in everyday life.

This is UA's second win in a row, as University Distinguished Professor Mary Poulton was honored with the Rahn Award last year.

And in December, the Mining Foundation of the Southwest elected three MGE alumni to its board: Eben Robison, president; John Fenn, treasurer; and Andrew Soderman, secretary.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

E-Week Brings Rock Drilling to UA Mall

Engineers Week, or E-Week, the annual celebration of creativity, competition and charity organized by the UA Engineering Student Council, takes place on and around campus from April 10 through 18, 2015. 

Cerebral to celestial, gritty to elegant, athletic to absurd, E-Week events share a common goal: To spread the magic and meaning of engineering to as many people as possible.  

Unique among those events is the rock-drilling competition run by mining engineering students.

Read more – and check out video from last year's competition! – in Arizona Engineer.

MGE Undergrads Awarded 2013 SME Scholarships

SME logoThe Tucson Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to 23 mining students at the University of Arizona.

Fall 2013 recipients included:

  • Danielle Taran, Newmont Exceptional Leader 
  • Alexander Gutman, Rosemont Copper Outstanding Leader
  • Ashlyn Hooten, ASARCO Outstanding Leader 
  • Nick Carouso, BHP Billiton Special Recognition in Leadership 
  • Sean Hovorka, Freeport-McMoRan Special Recognition in Leadership 

Read more, including a list of UA's other winners, in the January 2014 issue of SME's Mining Engineering Magazine.

Poulton Celebrates 125 Years of Mining at UA

In a post in the National Mining Association's Minerals Make Life blog, University Distinguished Professor Mary M. Poulton celebrates the 125 anniversary of the founding of the Arizona School of Mines. She reflects upon accomplishments that have touched three centuries – and explores the opportunities of the near future:

We believe the new faces of mining include people from many different disciplines rising to the challenge of sustainable mineral resources development – from fundamental geology to safeguarding community health, and from efficient use of water and energy to advanced sensing technology.

Video Goes 150 Feet Below: Into the San Xavier Mining Laboratory

Forget what you might think a lab looks like. As this video shows, students and researchers in UA's San Xavier Mining Laboratory trade lab coats for hard hats, and drill deep into the science and business of mining.

Here, 150 feet within the Earth, tomorrow's top mining engineers are being forged right out of the stone.

Introducing the New Faces of Mining American Coal

In an article in American Coal magazine (PDF), University Distinguished Professor Mary M. Poulton outlines the history of the Arizona School of Mines and introduces the new face of mining:

Students are, and always have been, at the heart of the UA’s MGE programs. The UA has a legacy of producing leaders for the coal sector and, indeed, the entire mining industry.

Safety from the Start: Allison Hagerman

Allison Hagerman at UA jacklag drilling competition. Photo by Patrick McArdle/UANewsAllison Hagerman holds her breath sometimes in blasting class when the newer students load their own holes, but she knows these University of Arizona students are well-trained and take safety seriously, because that is what they are being taught. Not to mention, they are certified in mine safety by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA.  

"We learn safety here, and we take it with us," said Hagerman.

Read more in UANews.

Ruby Barickman: Mentorship in Mining

Barickman on assignment in Michigan helping to plan a small mine project.Ruby Barickman stood mesmerized watching a 29-ton drill bit, or reamer, boring an exhaust hole 14 feet in diameter and 550 feet deep, backwards, from underground to the surface at a Rio Tinto mine site in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  

The drill, or raise borer, one of only a few in North America, was assembled underground but operated from above ground, and that means fewer miners underground.  

"I was at the bottom watching as it first started to spin around and drill upwards," said the 2012 University of Arizona mining engineering graduate. "It was a completely new process to me. Even a lot of the older people I was with had never seen that before."

Read more in UANews.

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