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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.

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.

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