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Jeannes Gives Lacy Lecture

Charles Jeannes, president and CEO of Vancouver-based GoldCorp, gave the ninth annual W.C. Lacy Distinguished Lecture at the College of Engineering Homecoming celebration on Nov. 8, 2014

In "Turning Challenges Into Opportunities in Today’s Mining Industry," he discussed prospects for gold production and pricing and mining’s explosive growth in many parts of the world.

It’s Official: UA SME Is Winningest Team

UA student chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

The UA student chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration has received the 2014 SME Outstanding Student Chapter Award. This marks the seventh time the Wildcats have won the award -- more often than any other chapter since SME started giving it out in 1967.  

But that’s not all. The UA won two outreach contests sponsored by SME’s Minerals Education Coalition, or MEC. The UA received the MEC 2014 Student Chapter Award for accomplishments in community outreach and mining/mineral education. This is the second year in a row the UA has won.

New Life for Tailings Means Safer Conditions for Mine Workers

Ventilation schematicWith a five-year, $1.3 million interdisciplinary research project funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety, researchers in the UA College of Engineering and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health are forging new technologies to more efficiently reduce temperatures in mines, better protect workers from exposure to extreme temperatures and potentially save mining companies around the globe millions of dollars in energy costs.

“This project will provide solutions that are both economical and environmentally sustainable,” said Moe Momayez, the project’s principal investigator and associate professor and associate head of UA mining and geological engineering.

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.

MGE Students Win WAAIME Scholarships

Congratulations to the following MGE students for receiving August 2013 WAAIME scholarships:

  • Dongbo An
  • Upasna Chandarana
  • Pengfei He
  • Alyssa Hom
  • Ashlyn Hooten
  • Sean Hovorka
  • Paul Mather
  • Peter Mather
  • Samantha Montecinos
  • Jeremy Sarvey
  • Taghi Sherizadeh
  • Peter Thrift

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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