Informed, Safe and Sustainable Mining
Safety from Afar
Professor Moe Momayez, with former department head Mary Poulton, has developed technology that can sense a miner’s location and body temperature, predict potential problems and recommend steps to avert health risks.It is the canary in the mine with a lot of bells and whistles.
Waste Turned Concrete
Acrete – lighter, stronger and less expensive than traditional cement – is the brainchild of associate professor Jinhong Zhang. It uses three times as much fly ash, tripling the amount of waste converted into useful material.It will save the impoundment space for fly ash and reduce CO2 emission during the production of cement.
Gaming for Safety
An interactive mining safety training program promises to keep trainees on their toes. Mary Poulton, retired professor and former department head, was among the inventors.We know from teaching that sitting there, staring at a screen, listening, is not a way to engage people. “It doesn’t make people more safety-conscious.
Conserving Every Last Drop
Professor Moe Momayez, collaborating with Nathan Barba of RePower Design, has invented Hexocover, a technology that prevents evaporation to conserve water in mining tailings ponds.It’s a huge step forward to save water in arid climates worldwide.
Taking a Crack at Earth’s Mystery
Isabel Barton, research scientist at the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, is on a team studying how underground fluids affect subsurface rocks in the Paradox Basin. UA President Robert C. Robbins says the project is an impressive undertaking.The fact that we are ready to dig into a project this complex is a testament to…the appreciation our faculty has for the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.