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Assenmacher to Receive MFSW Medal of Merit

Bill AssenmacherThe Mining Foundation of the Southwest has selected William R. Assenmacher, CEO and principal owner of CAID Industries, as the recipient of a 2016 Medal of Merit.  

Assenmacher, who graduated from the University of Arizona in 1974, will be recognized for his contributions to the mining sector in a ceremony in Tucson on Dec. 3.

Mining for Progress with Alumnus Brian Njenga

MGE alumnus Brian Njenga on the job. Photo courtesy of UA Career Services.

Alumnus Brian Njenga worked hard to land his position on the drill and blast team at Freeport-McMoRan, interning for local companies for three straight summers before he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering in 2014.

He encourages fellow Wildcats seeking similar opportunities to always look for common ground -- and don’t stop until you find what you are looking for. 

Heath Awarded 2016 SME Fellowship

Portrait of Gail HeathGail Heath, an adjunct instructor and doctoral student in the University of Arizona department of mining and geological engineering, received the 2016 Robert S. Shoemaker PhD Fellowship Grant from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc.

The award is part of the SME PhD Fellowship and Academic Career Development Grants, which aim to build a pipeline from U.S. mining schools to tenure-track positions in mining engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.

MGE Announces Spring 2016 Outstanding Students

Spring 2016 Outstanding Senior Mara Erhardt and Spring 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Karen RothThe UA College of Engineering recognized remarkable seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2016 semester at a luncheon on May 2. Among them were the following superlative students from the department of mining and geological engineering:

  • Outstanding Senior Mara Erhardt
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Karen Roth

Both were nominated for the honor by John Kemeny, professor and department head.

Congratulations to both of these incredible scholars!

Hardy Appointed Director of Mining and COO at Hunt

Alumnus Leon Hardy, who received a bachelor's degree in geological engineering from the University of Arizona in 1974, has been named the chief operating officer and director of mining for Hunt Mining Corp. He will help the company transition from exploration and development to mining production in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina.

Hardy holds more than 40 years of technical and operational mining experience, with expertise in cost control, due diligence, strategic mine planning and feasibility studies. He is a registered professional engineer.

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.

MGE Student Digs In to the Finances of Mining

Alyssa Hom in hardhat and safety vest, covered in mudDetermined to learn about the business side of her chosen field, undergraduate Alyssa Hom crafted the perfect experience: an internship with global mining consultant Behre Dolbear.

Hom helped produce and market Where to Invest in Mining 2015, Behre Dolbear’s latest annual ranking of countries’ investment potential for the mining industry.

“The business aspect of mining is very interesting and exciting,” Hom said. “However, I hope to have a more technical-oriented internship next summer to get a taste of the other side of mining.”

US, Mexico Mining Researchers Forge Collaborations

UA professor of chemical and environmental engineering Jim Field presents research on biochemical processes to extract valuable tellurium from copper mine waste.

In advance of the opening of the Center for Mexican Studies, a joint program of the University of Arizona and National Autonomous University of Mexico, UA hosted a panel on environmentally sustainable mining. Scientists and engineers – including mining engineers – discussed ways to share information and make mining more environmentally and socially responsible. 

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