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Professor Emeritus at University of Arizona
My dad was a geography teacher and he got me interested in geology at a very young age (like 4 years old). So I always wanted to do something with geology. In high school a teacher suggested I look into engineering. A summer camp for women in engineering at Michigan Tech my junior year of high school convinced me I could do engineering and combine it with geology. I got my degrees in geological engineering but with an emphasis in mining and have spent my career working on mining and mineral resources issues as well as oil and gas, water, environmental and health and safety.
I joined as a member of the student chapter and then as a faculty member.
I joined the student chapter in 1982 and as a faculty member in 1990 or there about.
The challenges in the industry are fundamental to civilization. The issues are very diverse. Mining towns have strong family values and people really bond with each other.
Convincing people that mining is a noble profession and we are not Fred Flintstone. Mining does take environmental stewardship and safety very seriously. People have a negative stereotypical image of mining and it is challenging to overcome the misperceptions.
Finding new ways to do things – being entrepreneurial.
Meeting people through committees.
It takes a long time to implement new technologies. Be patient and persistent.
Mark Baker. He is an entrepreneur and an out of box thinker. He started Modular Mining Systems Inc which has arguably been one of the biggest step changes in surface metal mining in the 20th century.
AI-enabled technologies for health and safety and for water and energy management; running start up companies with those technologies and having an impact on the industry.