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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 

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.

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!

UA Engineering Design Day 2016 app logo

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.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

MGE Student Digs In to the Finances of Mining

Alyssa Hom in hardhat and safety vest, covered in mudDetermined to learn about the business side of her chosen field, undergraduate Alyssa Hom crafted the perfect experience: an internship with global mining consultant Behre Dolbear.

Hom helped produce and market Where to Invest in Mining 2015, Behre Dolbear’s latest annual ranking of countries’ investment potential for the mining industry.

“The business aspect of mining is very interesting and exciting,” Hom said. “However, I hope to have a more technical-oriented internship next summer to get a taste of the other side of mining.”

US, Mexico Mining Researchers Forge Collaborations

UA professor of chemical and environmental engineering Jim Field presents research on biochemical processes to extract valuable tellurium from copper mine waste.

In advance of the opening of the Center for Mexican Studies, a joint program of the University of Arizona and National Autonomous University of Mexico, UA hosted a panel on environmentally sustainable mining. Scientists and engineers – including mining engineers – discussed ways to share information and make mining more environmentally and socially responsible. 

E-Week Brings Rock Drilling to UA Mall

Engineers Week, or E-Week, the annual celebration of creativity, competition and charity organized by the UA Engineering Student Council, takes place on and around campus from April 10 through 18, 2015. 

Cerebral to celestial, gritty to elegant, athletic to absurd, E-Week events share a common goal: To spread the magic and meaning of engineering to as many people as possible.  

Unique among those events is the rock-drilling competition run by mining engineering students.

Read more – and check out video from last year's competition! – in Arizona Engineer.

Outstanding Mining Students Announced

The College has named its outstanding seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for spring 2015.

Among them are mining engineering Outstanding Senior Ashlyn Hooten, nominated by Moe Momayez, associate professor and associate department head. Ashlyn is active member of SME, Tau Beta Pi and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as an Engineering Ambassador.

MGE Invention Slows Water Evaporation, Generates Energy

Hexocover water cover; photo courtesy of RePower DesignHexocover, a new technology invented by associate professor Moe Momayez and Nathan Barba of RePower Design, conserves water in mining tailings ponds by preventing evaporation. 

The tech is comprised of floating hexagonal plastic panels that sandwich 4-inch balls linked together. When configured with solar cells, the panels can also generate electricity.

Photo courtesy of RePower Design

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