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From rock drilling and Rube Goldberg competitions to stargazing on the UA Mall

University of Arizona Engineers Week 2015: Are You Up to the Challenge?

University of Arizona Engineers Week, or E-Week, the annual celebration of creativity, competition and charity organized by the Engineering Student Council, takes place on and around the UA 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.  Read More

Congratulations to SME Mining Undergraduates

Minerals Make Life: The New Face of Mining

The University of Arizona is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Arizona School of Mines. In refelecting on accomplishments that have touched three centuries, it is clear that some of the things we do are as fundamental today as they were in 1888, yet completely different in approach. To read more...

150 Feet Below: Into the San Xavier Mining Laboratory

The New Face of Mining

Four years after the shootout at the O.K. Corral, Arizona’s territorial legislature approved the creation of the University of Arizona (UA), with founding schools of agriculture and mining: a visionary move in 1885 considering there was not a single four-year high school in the territory. The School of Mines was formally launched a few years later in 1888 as the last brick was laid for the iconic Old Main Building. Read More...

The New Face of Mining: Allison Hagerman

Allison Hagerman holds her breath sometimes in blasting class when the newer students load their own holes, but she knows these University of Arizona students are well-trained and take safety seriously, because that is what they are being taught. Not to mention, they are certified in mine safety by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA.

"We learn safety here, and we take it with us," said Hagerman, treasurer of the student chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.

For two weeks every year, all UA mining and geological engineering students undergo intensive training, which emphasizes avoidance of hazards, emergency medical procedures and first aid, escape and emergency evacuations, fire warning and firefighting procedures, health and safety. 

 "Ros tells us that safety is No. 1 in the industry, and it is going to be No. 1 here too," said Hagerman. Read More…

The New Face of Mining: Ruby Barickman

Ruby Barickman stood mesmerized watching a 29-ton drill bit, or reamer, boring an exhaust hole 14 feet in diameter and 550 feet deep, backwards, from underground to the surface at a Rio Tinto mine site in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The drill, or raise borer, one of only a few in North America, was assembled underground but operated from above ground, and that means fewer miners underground.

"I was at the bottom watching as it first started to spin around and drill upwards," said the 2012 University of Arizona mining engineering graduate. "It was a completely new process to me. Even a lot of the older people I was with had never seen that before." Read More...

The New Face of Mining: Bree McMaster

Bree McMaster never thought she'd end up in mining, but she has, and now the former president of the UA chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration says she can't see herself anywhere else.

"I was always meant to go work underground," said McMaster, who was among four women to graduate from the mining and geological engineering program in May 2012, all of whom graduated with little or no debt and good jobs.

McMaster now works for Barrick doing short-range mine planning at the Goldstrike mining complex near Elko, Nev., a city with a population of about 25,000, mostly miners and ranchers, and a small-town feel. Read More...

The New Face of Mining: Rita Riggs

Rita Riggs dreams of one day working in a copper and gold mine in Mongolia, the central Asian country almost as vast as western Europe and known for its pastoral nomadic culture, harsh geography and even harsher climate.

The only problem: Mongolia, which sits atop one of the world's largest mineral reserves, bans women from working in underground mines.

Still, Riggs has her "boy" name picked out – Baxter. She is ready to cut her hair, dress up like a boy, and board a plane to one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth. Read More...

The New Face of Mining: Vicki Seppala

UA alumna Vicki Seppala says mining and geological engineering opens up a world of opportunity for young women and men.

Vicki Seppala 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, the newly single mom passed by a brochure pinned to the wall, and every day it caught her eye, until finally it demanded Seppala's attention.

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

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