Mining Engineering is an exciting field for the sheer number of possibilities it presents. It ranges on a broad spectrum of engineering skills including mechanical, electrical, geophysical, computer science, and others. Starting out with high average salaries of $68,000 per year, the Mining Engineer can undertake countless job opportunities including manufacturing, planning, design, management, operations, marketing, and many more.
Put simply, our vision for the Mining Engineering Department is to be internationally recognized as the world’s premier center for education and applied research in the diverse fields of mining and underground construction and tunneling. This vision spans across numerous interdisciplinary areas of study. Through collaborations with other Mines departments, academic institutions, government agencies, and industry, we are committed to expanding the international reputation of the department for excellence in education, research, industry service, and community outreach.
Mining Engineering Department’s DI&A Initiative
DI&A Mission for Mining Engingeering Department
Our DI&A Mission: To be a multidisciplinary community that values the intrinsic worth of all of its members, recognizes our shared values, and embraces our differences. We will include all persons in our community, promote wellness among all of our members, foster a spirit of openness and active engagement, and strive to be diverse and inclusive in every aspect of department operation. In doing so, we will ensure a full educational opportunity for all who teach in, learn in, and interact with our department.
The DI&A Vision for the Mining Engineering Department: The commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access is infused into every action taken by our Mining Engineering community, including our words, actions and decisions within department meetings, curriculum and courses (both face to face and online, and external interactions. Our department stakeholders are committed to raising our retention and graduation rates and promoting ally-ship among our faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders so that we demonstrate equal opportunities of success for all.
Ongoing DI&A Activities
Our MNGN DI&A committee secured a grant from the WEND Collective to hire an external consultant to lead workshops for staff, students, and faculty from our department and the Geology and Geological Engineering Department. A series of 6 workshops are currently in progress where we are examining DI&A related topics in more depth and developing our skillsets to foster more diverse, inclusive, and accessible learning and work environments.
DI&A Resources and News
For more resources, you can find them on the Mines Diversity webpage.
In the news for the Mining Engineering Department’s DI&A Committee members:
- New on The Conveyor podcast: Changing the economics of mining
Priscilla Nelson, professor of mining engineering, discusses what can be done with waste materials left over at ore mining sites.
- Colorado School of Mines repeats as global No. 1 for mining engineering
The Mining Engineering Department at Mines was ranked No. 1 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released in May for 51 different academic disciplines and fields.
- Colorado School of Mines team takes second place in SME Student Design Competition
“This competition really required us to connect what we have learned throughout our courses and apply it to a real-world situation,” mining engineering senior Samantha McLeary said.
- Mines unveils two space-aiming undergraduate minors, including the solar system’s first in space mining
Three new minors will give undergraduate students more ways to tailor their Mines experience to serve their interests and career ambitions. Aerospace engineering, space mining and teaching minors will …
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