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Environmental Efforts Bring University Fellow to MGE

Portrait of Junmo Ahn; photo by John de DiosFirst-year doctoral student Junmo Ahn intends to improve sustainability efforts in the mining industry, thanks in part to support from the UA Graduate College's University Fellows program. As part of the program's 2016-2017 cohort, he will study how biotechnology can reduce the environmental effects of mining waste while also extracting valuable resources.

Ahn holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Konkuk University and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Seoul National University.

Photo by John de Dios

Caterpillar Executives Immersed in Mining at UA

The first cohort of 12 Caterpillar employees to begin coursework under a new partnership with UA Online includes an engineering technical lead, product support supervisor and large mining truck marketing manager; photo courtesy of Caterpillar
As a bulldozer bearing the "Cat" logo prepped the grounds for a new exhibit on the UA Mall, Caterpillar Inc. executives gathered inside Old Main with University of Arizona faculty and staff to inaugurate Mining 360, an online graduate certificate program for high-level company employees.

In this first student cohort, 12 Caterpillar employees are looking to better understand the mining industry and better serve their customers. Seven faculty members in mining and geological engineering are participating, with MGE's Victor Tenorio serving as lead instructor.

The partnership is one of three new programs at the UA to expand educational access to employees of locally focused corporations.

Ochoa Appointed Chief Operating Officer of McEwen Mining

Xavier Ochoa, who received his bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the University of Arizona in 1991, has been named the chief operating officer of McEwen Mining Inc.

Ochoa has held senior executive positions at a number of multinational mining companies, including Glencore Xstrata. Most recently, he served as mine general manager at Goldcorp's Cerro Negro operation, where he led an operating team of 1,600 people. 

He is also a member of the MGE Industry Leadership Board.

Mining Law Summit Coming to the University of Arizona

UA Mining Law Summit 2016 logoOn Friday, Sept. 16, the UA Global Mining Law Program and James E. Rogers College of Law will host the Mining Law Summit 2016

The conference, intended for mining industry leaders, public policy makers and thought leaders, will explore collaborative solutions for mined land remediation. 

Speakers include MGE faculty members Gail Heath and Mary Poulton and former adjunct professor John Lacy. Ryan Flynn, secretary of the environment for the state of New Mexico, will deliver the keynote.

Please register for the event online. Attendance is free for all MGE students.

New MGE Certificate Helps Bring Caterpillar HQ to Tucson

A welder works on the top floor of the building Caterpillar is now using in downtown Tucson. Photo by A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star.Among the factors that brought Caterpillar's surface mining and technology headquarters to Tucson were the Old Pueblo's great school districts and long history with the mining industry. 

According to Tom Bluth, vice president of Caterpillar Inc., the University of Arizona's mining and geological engineering department was also "a big plus."

MGE's new certificate in global mining will welcome its first cohort of Caterpillar employees in September.

The HQ move will bring 600 employees to the region, creating an estimated economic impact of $600 million.

Photo courtesy of A.E. Araiza/Arizona Daily Star

Alumnus Named to Oroplata Board

Michael T. Mason, who received his bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1966, has been named to the board of directors of Oroplata Resources Inc. 

He brings more than 50 years of experience in mine development, strategic planning, metals marketing, risk management and project financing to the organization, which aims to develop lithium brine deposits in Nevada and throughout the American Southwest.

White Retires from Modular Mining Systems

James White; photo courtesy of Modular Mining Systems Mining-tech pioneer James White, who taught in the UA College of Mines from 1971 to 1981, has retired from Modular Mining Systems, the Tucson-based company that he co-founded in 1979.

The traffic management algorithm he developed for their Dispatch computerized fleet control system "changed the way mines operate in real time."  

White received a 2003 Medal of Merit from the Mining Foundation of the Southwest and served as the organization's president from 2011 to 2013. He was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2015.

Photo courtesy of Modular Mining Systems 

Alumnus Helps Endow Fund for Graduate Students

Steve Enders’ PhD in geosciences has taken him to the pinnacle of success in mining and the far reaches of the globe, including Jinchang, China, where he is pictured standing in front of a mine and processing plant.

Returning to the University of Arizona department of mining and geological engineering for graduate school was the best investment M. Stephen Enders ever made.

“My life changed entirely after I got my PhD from the UA in 2000,” said Enders, an economic geologist who headed worldwide exploration for Phelps Dodge and Newmont Mining before becoming interim head of the department of geology and geological engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

He is working with the UA College of Engineering to grow the Next Generation of Engineering Professionals Endowment, or NextGen Fund, which will help more domestic students earn graduate engineering degrees at the University of Arizona.

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. 

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