Mining engineering facing big hurdles

May 17, 2012 | 01:20 PM | Barbara O'Donovan

Tags  copper club, Mary M. Poulton, mining engineering research, geology, Joseph E. Robertson, Mine to Mill, Barbara O'Donovan

PHOENIX — Funding and a lack of qualified teachers are the biggest obstacles to keeping the U.S. mining engineering industry alive, the head of the University of Arizona’s Department of Mining and Geological Engineering told AMM Wednesday in an interview ahead of the Copper Club’s annual dinner in Phoenix.

The Copper Club awarded a $25,000 grant to the department at the dinner. The grant will be put toward the university’s Mine to Mill program, which is looking at breaking down operational silos at mines, among other things, said Mary M. Poulton, who is also director of the university’s interdisciplinary Institute for Mineral Resources.

"If you don’t have research money, you can’t produce graduate students, and you don’t have PhD students who can become faculty," she said.....





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