Mining engineering facing big hurdles
May 17, 2012 | 01:20 PM
| 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 Arizonas Department of Mining and Geological Engineering told AMM Wednesday in an interview ahead of the Copper Clubs 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 universitys 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 universitys interdisciplinary Institute for Mineral Resources.
"If you dont have research money, you cant produce graduate students, and you dont have PhD students who can become faculty," she said.....
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