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Vicki Seppala: Opening a "World of Opportunity"

Vicki Seppala with co-workers at the Candelaria mine siteShe was working as a business manager at a technology startup and attending classes at a community college in Phoenix. Every day on her way to class, Vicki Seppala passed by a brochure pinned to the wall, and every day it caught her eye, until finally it demanded her attention.  

It was about the University of Arizona's mining and geological engineering program.  

Seppala didn't see herself advancing much further in her job, and with a young son to support, she decided it was time for a change.

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Barb Filas: Mining in a 'Different Time'

Barb FilasWhen Barb Filas got her start in the business, she was hand-drafting documents and using a mimeograph machine to crank out copies for permitting. There were precious few women in mining engineering and none in a mining leadership position.  

"It was certainly a different time," said Filas. "Back when I was in school, a woman in the industry was very much an anomaly."  

Filas was one of the first few women to graduate from the mining engineering program at the University of Arizona. She collected her diploma in 1978 and followed her grandfather and father into mining. In her 35-year climb from the Illinois coal mines to the boardroom of a global mining firm, she has seen more change than she ever imagined.

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Women Carving Out a Place in Surging Industry

Mining engineering students train at the UA San Xavier Mining Laboratory

For years, women have been carving out a place for themselves in an industry where their exclusion likely is as old as the profession itself – but where their inclusion today is critical to meeting a shortage of skilled workers.

The UA department of mining and geological engineering, one of only 14 U.S. schools offering mining engineering degrees and only a handful with its own student mine, is dedicated to helping fill that pipeline, and that includes ensuring female engineers continue to gain ground in a surging industry.

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Mills Wins Copper Club Scholarship

Jamie Mills, winner of a 2013-2014 Copper Club ScholarshipCongratulations to Jamie Mills, recipient of a 2013-2014 Copper Club Scholarship!

The Copper Club promotes the copper industry by honoring those who have forged its pathways and paving new roads for students working towards careers in the field.

Congratulations to WAAIME Scholarship Recipients

The department of mining and geological engineering would like to congratulate Andrew DeSantola, Ashlyn Hooten, Jesus Garcia, Sarah Beal and Taghi Sherizadeh for being awarded 2013-2014 scholarships from the Woman's Auxiliary to the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers.

MGE Professors Develop Computer Games to Keep Miners Safe

UA scientists, including MGE's Mary Poulton and Ros Hill, are working to help prepare miners to respond to and avoid the emergencies they may encounter working at a mine through development of educational computer games.

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Guyana Goldfields Alumnus to Board of Directors

Guyana Goldfields Inc. announced the appointment of MGE alumnus Scott A. Caldwell as the newest member of its board of directors on June 7, 2012.

UA Mining Lab Gets Jumbo Gift from Industry Partners

Mining engineers at the UA College of Engineering are the proud new owners of a 40-foot-long monster drilling rig, thanks to industry partners Asarco and Atlas Copco.

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