Mining Seminar Series

The Mining Seminar Series at Mines engages a diverse variety of experts to introduce stimulating ideas connecting natural resources, nature, society, science, engineering and technology with mining.

Every Wednesday, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. MT, selected authorities in their respective fields join us for a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute open discussion. The Mining Seminar Series provides an accessible, inclusive and diverse virtual venue for the interested public, students, professionals, and accomplished experts for connecting and sharing exciting findings, case studies, and recent developments in a broad range of topics that relate to mineral resources and mining.

Upcoming Seminar

Our next seminar is scheduled for April 21st at a special time, 10:00 a.m. MDT/GMT-6. Volker Krumpel, Co-Founder of Minespider AG, will talk about “Transparency and Traceability in Mining”.

Current Semester Seminars

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Spring 2021 Seminar Series

January 13, 2021: Ms. Rachel Jensen

Senior Process Engineer, Paterson & Cooke – North America
“Tailings Dewatering Technology”
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January 27, 2021: Mr. Matthew Lengerich

General Manager Digital Transformation Delivery, Rio Tinto
“Digital and Mining – The Reality”
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February 3, 2021: Mr. Jess Kindler

President – Parts, Services and Supply Chain, Epiroc AB
“From Colorado to Congo, and Tashkent to Tembagapura: A Mines Journey”
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February 10, 2021: Mr. Andrew Witte

Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Klohn Cripped Berger
“Tailings Management for Engineers”
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February 17, 2021: Chris Johnson and Henry Wang

President & Principal Mining Engineer, Underground Mining Solutions, LLC | Mining Engineer, Newmont Corporation
“Strategic Optimization of the Underground Mine Plan”
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February 24, 2021: Matt Mackinnon and Alexandre Meldem

Founder and President, Unmanned Aerial Services, Inc. | VP Sales, Flyability Inc.
“Flying Beneath the Surface: How specialized UAS make mining operations safer and more efficient”
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March 10, 2021: Dr. Ali Soofastaei

Global AI Program Leader, Vale
“Artificial Intelligence Application in Mining”
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March 17, 2021: Stefan Schwank and Ulrich Schopf

Bauer Mining Solutions
“The Vertical Attack: Cross-Over Technology from Civil Engineering to Mining”
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March 24, 2021: Bill Warfield

Warfield Consulting
“Technical Sales as a Career Path”
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Past Seminars

Fall 2020 Seminar Series

M. Stephen EndersSeptember 2, 2020: Dr. M. Stephen Enders

Mining Engineering Department Head, Colorado School of Mines
“Mining Engineering Department Head – Vision, Goals, and Path Forward”
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Corby AndersonSeptember 9, 2020: Dr. Corby Anderson

Harrison-Western Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Associate Director, Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy
“Star Regulus and the Triumphal Chariot of Antimony”
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September 16, 2020: Ms. Carrie Middleton

Physical Scientist, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE)
“Applied Remote Sensing for Mining and Reclamation – Platforms, Sensors, and Analytics”
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September 23, 2020: Mr. Paul Mitchell

Global Mining & Metals Leader, EY
“What Will Mining Look Like in 2040?”
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September 30, 2020: Mr. Satish Penmetsa

CEO, GroundHog
“Use Cases (and Jobs) Being Disrupted with Advances in Technology* in the Mining Industry”
*Such as: digitization, cloud, drones, autonomous vehicles, IIoT and AI/ML
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October 7, 2020: Dr. Veronica Eliasson

Associate Professor, Mines Mechanical Engineering Department/Joint Associate Professor, Mines Mining Engineering Department
“From Shocks to Dynamic Fracture or How to Hit Things Really Hard”
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October 14, 2020: Mr. Brian Yureskes

General Manager of Business Development and Marketing, Komatsu
“Automating Progress – Overview of Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System”
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October 21, 2020: Mr. Terry Braun

Practice Leader, SRK Consulting, (U.S.), Inc.
“Rumble in the Jungle”
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October 28, 2020: Mr. Levi Rawlings

Mining Engineer, Maptek
“The Data Behind Blasting”
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November 4, 2020: Dr. Robert Cooke

Director, Paterson & Cooke
“Slurry Pipeline Technology”
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November 11, 2020: Mr. Thomas Struttmann

CEO, Struttmann Consulting
“Planning and Forecasting Alanytics”
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November 18, 2020: Ms. Lia Walker, Mr. Cory Stevens

Ms. Walker is the Manager of Innovation, Freeport-McMoRan
Mr. Stevens is the Vice President of Operational Improvement, Freeport-McMoRan
“Freeport-McMoRan Inc: Advanced Analytics – Our Journey”
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December 2, 2020: Mr. Rajesh Raitani

Senior Research, USG Corporation
“Electrostatic Separation of Heavy Materials”
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Contact Our Team

Lukas Fahle

Lukas Fahle

Mining Seminar Series Graduate Student Coordinator

Claire Kincaid

Claire Kincaid

Mining Seminar Series Graduate Student Coordinator

Muthu Vinayak

Muthu Vinayak

Mining Seminar Series Graduate Student Coordinator

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