Brazilian steel and mining company Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, or CSN Mining, has gifted associate professor Jaeheon Lee more than $300,000 to support his efforts to improve the safety and efficiency of tin and niobium mines in Brazil.
Lee is well-suited to the collaboration, due in part to nearly a decade of industry experience with Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining.
“He understands both perspectives -- our needs and the academic side,” said Eric Ballinger, a project manager at CSN Mining. “If he might not have a specific skill set, he goes out and finds someone who does. We give him a challenge, and he comes back with answers.”
Lee also received a recent academic career development grant from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.