Break New Ground at a Top-100 Research University
UA mining and geological engineering grad programs provide a number of high-profile research opportunities in the following focus areas:
- Geophysical sensing techniques
- Mine health and safety
- Mineral and chemical characterization
- Mineral processing, geometallurgy and extractive metallurgy
- Mine technology and automation
- Rock strength, fracturing and excavation
- Sustainable mining and development
Students in the Spotlight
While earning his graduate degree, Gaurav Gupta helped develop a thermal shotcrete, which is sprayed through a high-velocity hose to reinforce pathways and has the added benefit of keeping workers in underground mines from getting too hot. Gupta, who earned his undergraduate degree at the Indian Institutes of Technology and is now a systems engineer at Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon Mine, is also working hard to make his family proud.My grandfather aspired to do it but couldn’t because of financial issues, and my father could not make it. I inherited the dream.
In the Zone
Talita Duarte focused on rock mechanics as an undergraduate student at the Federal University of Campina Grande in Brazil, but many opportunities remained out of her reach in her home country. So she is earning her master’s degree at the UA and working as a graduate research assistant in the rock mechanics lab.The fact that you have the opportunity to be in the lab and see the theory being applied is really mind-blowing.
At Home in Paradise
Ana Ingstrom was the first woman to receive a mining engineering undergraduate degree in Mexico. That was 1988. Twenty-six years, three sons, and another degree later, she received a master’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Arizona. Today she works as a mining engineer for the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado.The environment in the school felt like paradise. It was like being back in a family.