UA Mining Engineering Team Advances to Phase 2 in SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition

The members of the MGE team heading to Phase 2 of the SME/NSSGA Student Design Competition stand in front of the Mines and Metallurgy building.

Six mining and geological engineering students have completed the Phase 1 problem of the 2017-2018 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration/National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association Student Design Competition.

Garrett Anderson, Christopher Deuel, Sean Klasen, Nathan Kraft, Jorge Loya Lopez and Miguel Pugmire were provided a real-world mining engineering problem and wrote an engineering report summarizing their findings to complete Phase 1.

The competition’s panel of industry judges has advanced the team, and students from five other U.S. universities, to Phase 2, held during the SME Annual Conference, Feb. 23 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The teams will have 48 hours to further evaluate the problem from Phase 1 and prepare a presentation. The panel will evaluate the presentation’s engineering parameters, financial soundness, and environmental and safety considerations, along with the team’s ability to sell their conclusions.

University of Arizona College of Engineering