Informed, Safe and Sustainable Mining
James Werner, assistant director of the San Xavier Mining Laboratory, works at a crossroads of industry, education and high-impact projects.The University of Arizona is unique in the U.S. and perhaps in the world in having an underground mine with multiple levels and a working shaft that can be a state-of-the-art technology facility.
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.