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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. 

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.

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