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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. 

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.

Outstanding Mining Students Announced

The College has named its outstanding seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for spring 2015.

Among them are mining engineering Outstanding Senior Ashlyn Hooten, nominated by Moe Momayez, associate professor and associate department head. Ashlyn is active member of SME, Tau Beta Pi and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as an Engineering Ambassador.

MGE Invention Slows Water Evaporation, Generates Energy

Hexocover water cover; photo courtesy of RePower DesignHexocover, a new technology invented by associate professor Moe Momayez and Nathan Barba of RePower Design, conserves water in mining tailings ponds by preventing evaporation. 

The tech is comprised of floating hexagonal plastic panels that sandwich 4-inch balls linked together. When configured with solar cells, the panels can also generate electricity.

Photo courtesy of RePower Design

Kemeny Appointed Head of MGE

John Kemeny in officeLongtime faculty member John Kemeny has been named chair of the UA department of mining and geological engineering. He succeeds Mary Poulton, who chaired the MGE department for 14 years

Kemeny’s goals for the department include building the curriculum and expanding cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research initiatives, to increase opportunities for students and faculty and to tackle the global problems of sustainable resource use.

“The focus of this department should always be mining engineering, where we have a long history and many strengths and collaborations,” Kemeny said. “But our College stands to gain much by pursuing new directions in teaching and research.”

Congrats to Fall 2014 Outstanding Senior!

Sarah Beal Cox was named the department's Outstanding Senior for fall 2014 at a special luncheon on Dec. 3. She was nominated by associate professor and associate department head Moe Momayez.

Sarah has been active in the UA SME chapter and the International Society of Explosives Engineering and maintained an internship throughout her senior year at Freeport-McMoRan's Copper and Gold central mine planning office. She has also worked with Call and Nicholas Inc., where she will be employed after graduation.

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.

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