Industry Leaders and Agents of Change
MGE alumni are changing the landscape of mining.
You are filling some of the most important roles in the industry, with companies such as Caterpillar, Freeport-McMoRan, Sundt Construction, McEwen Mining and Oroplata Resources. You have started high-tech businesses and are making mining safer, more efficient and sustainable. And you are in prestigious academic positions teaching and mentoring the next generation of mining engineers and industry leaders.
You are a valued member of the department’s vast network of accomplished and influential graduates. Thank you for your hard work and for inspiring the students who are following in your footsteps!
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Coal Mine to Boardroom
Barb Filas, BS/ME 1978, climbed from the underground coal mines of Illinois to the board room of a global mining company. She was one of the first women to graduate with a UA degree in mining engineering. The professor of practice at the Colorado School of Mines was recently appointed to serve as a director of Energy Fuels.It was certainly a different time. Back when I was in school, a woman in the industry was very much an anomaly.
Working for Progress
Mining engineering internships yielded priceless international experiences for Kenyan-born Brian Njenga, BS/ME 2014. Njenga interned with local companies for three straight summers, then landed a full-time position with Freeport-McMoRan.Mining was my gateway to get involved on the continent. My goal has always been to amass as much international experience as possible, especially in Africa.
World’s Greatest Explorer
David Lowell, BS/ME 1949, has discovered more copper than any other person in history. The benefactor of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources was among the College of Engineering’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class.If there’s anything my career says about me, it’s that I’m very good at being wrong.