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Mining jobs grow for women, Indigenous people

Veronica Knott grew up with no concept of mining. “We lived in downtown Toronto,” the 25-year-old says. “I could not be further from the mining industry.” That changed in 2015 when, intrigued by what she heard from students and faculty, she switched from materials engineering to mining at the University of British Columbia. This spring […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 7, 2019 @5:37 pm

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NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 4, 2019 @10:54 am

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UBC Mining Places 1st at Move Mining Competition

The Mine2Me UBC team won First place at the annual Move Mining Competition at SME. Move Mining is an annual competition hosted by SME + MEC where the goal is to change the public perception of mining. Competitors from all over the world can submit a short concept video describing their idea, and only five […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 4, 2019 @10:02 am

Influential QS World University Rankings put UBC in top 10 for four subject areas

The University of British Columbia is among a handful of global institutions to rank in the top 50 in 41 of 48 subjects tracked, according to the QS World University Rankings. UBC also ranks among the top 10 universities in the world in four different subjects amongst over 1,200 international universities. “UBC’s performance in this […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: March 1, 2019 @11:37 am

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UBC women’s team won the Mine Rescue Competition in the USA

Placings for UBC: First Overall: UBC Women’s First Aid: First: UBC Women’s Second: UBC Men’s Technician: Second: UBC Women’s (tie w/ one other team) Third: UBC Men’s (tie w/ two other teams) Underground and Incident Command: Second: UBC Women’s Third: UBC Men’s Formed in 2011 by students wishing to actively promote and contribute to industry […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 26, 2019 @3:55 pm

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Partnership with Maptek to Provide Software to Students

Professor Arduini of the Mining Engineering Department recently invited Maptek to give a guest lecture to fourth year students working on capstone projects. Following a one-day introductory training course given at the university earlier this year, Maptek was asked to present on more advanced Maptek Vulcan topics. Rather than presenting a formal lecture, Maptek Vancouver-based […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 21, 2019 @3:46 pm

The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering will be at the Roundup Conference.

Find us at the BRIMM Booth in the Innovation Hub on Tuesday, January 29. Carmen Jensen will be available to talk about the new Graduate Certificate in Mine Waste Management.
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: January 28, 2019 @11:48 am

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NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: February 5, 2019 @2:03 pm

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The Surprising Source of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals

What goes into an Olympic medal? A digital picture of a nine-year old girl smiling by a pool after she won her first regional tournament. That late-night chat with Sebastian, the basketball coach, to schedule the next day’s training. Multiple alarms at 4:15, 4:20, 4:25… so the snooze button will not prevent a young surfer […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: November 27, 2018 @2:14 pm

Mining mentorship programs abound but don’t solve industry’s retention challenge

When Stephanie Saliba was in her second year of McGill University’s mining engineering co-op program, she joined the Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE) group to help mentor first-year engineering students. While she says she joined the group in part because of the connections it offered, Saliba knows first-hand the benefits of having a […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: November 7, 2018 @2:47 pm

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UBC Students Robert Fuerderer, Naman Shah, Emma Dodds, and John Wei won 1st place at the World Mining Competition

UBC Students Robert Fuerderer, Naman Shah, Emma Dodds, and John Wei won 1st place at the World Mining Competition in Saskatoon, Canada. The World Mining Competition is the largest multidisciplinary mining undergraduate case competition in Canada that strives to provide a world-class case. It allows competitors to demonstrate their knowledge and critical thinking skills to […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: October 30, 2018 @10:55 am

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Rimas Pakalnis: Obituary

It is with great sadness that we lost Dr. Rimas Pakalnis, P.Eng, at 2:36 pm on Thursday, October 18th. He developed a severe, aggressive and virulent blood borne infection that he was unable to fight off after a short but fierce struggle. He is survived by his wife Anna, son Brodie, daughter Elena and brother […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: October 19, 2018 @2:47 pm

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Engineers & Geoscientist British Columbia (EGBC) Panel Discussion Event for Women in Engineering and Geoscience

Every year, the Engineers & Geoscientist British Columbia (EGBC) will hold a Panel Discussion Event for Women in Engineering and Geoscience to highlights the difficulty of balancing long work hours and family and the associated lack of mentoring and networks, as well as the risk-taking environment. To support women to grow and advance in the […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: October 3, 2018 @3:44 pm

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UBC Student Retsepile (Rets) Sellowon won the student poster award at Mining Exploration International

“I spent the last three days at the Mining & Exploration International Conference & Expo and it was nothing short of amazing. I got to listen to and engage with world leading experts on matters that govern the global mining industry. I also got to speak about my work and my passion for safer, more […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: September 11, 2018 @9:51 am

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Innovating the Electrification of Mines

Electrification of mines is starting to climb the agenda of the CEO and COO as a driver of cost reduction, energy efficiency and social licence to operate stewardship. We will be releasing our global mine electrification survey later this year which identifies the role miners can play in electrical power innovation; the challenges and opportunities […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: September 10, 2018 @10:07 am

Dr Malcolm Scoble nominated to IM Technology Hall of Fame

Dr. Malcolm Scoble is a Professor at the University of British Columbia specialising in surface and underground mine design and planning: mine-mill integration: occupational health and safety: sustainable mining and mining with communities. He is nominated as much for all the mining engineers he has inspired over the decades as for his own many achievements. […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: August 2, 2018 @10:26 am

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Meet Four Engineering Profs for International Women in Engineering Day

More innovation, greater productivity, better governance: what organization wouldn’t want these things? One way companies can achieve them, a large body of research shows, is by having a diverse group of employees. Yet in Canada, women — who account for just 20 per cent of students who enroll in accredited undergraduate engineering programs in this […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: July 6, 2018 @11:18 am

PhD Student Vinoth Kumar Wins the Best Student Paper Award

Maria Holuszko’s PhD student Vinoth Kumar was awarded the best student paper award at the “Cleanwater Clean Energy” Conference June 3-8, 2018 for the paper: SIMULTANEOUS EXTRACTION OF CLEAN COAL AND RARE EARTH ELEMENTS FROM COAL TAILINGS USING ALKALI-ACID LEACHING PROCESS. View more award winners here!
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: June 28, 2018 @4:56 pm

Koen Duineveld, BASc. ’18, Mining Engineering

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE ENGINEERING? I chose engineering because I enjoy problem solving. Engineering would allow me to solve significant real-world significant problems. Making small improvements in large mining projects means making a significant impact on the overall operation performance. What has made your time at UBC the most memorable? The people I met. Mining […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: June 25, 2018 @3:22 pm

Nadja Kunz, Assistant Professor, will be involved in a number of events over the next few weeks.
Nadja Kunz
Nadja Kunz, Assistant Professor with research interests in Water, Sustainability, Private Sector, Mining and Metals will be involved in a number of events over the next few weeks. These include the following subjects: “Progressing water security in mining regions” | “Plenary 1: Tech & Peace: Canada’s Knowledge to Accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals” | […]
NBK Mining Engineering – Posted: June 19, 2018 @10:25 am

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