Here you can find all the news from the The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering and the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining (BRIMM). Please note that articles about BRIMM will take you to BRIMM’s website.

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Carmen Jensen receives Dean’s Staff Award for Excellence in Student Engagement and Experience!

Carmen Jensen Director, Professional Programs, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering “Shortly after joining UBC mining in summer 2016, I learned that Carmen is one the most approachable, kind and helpful colleagues in our department. I could, and still can, go to her office and ask her for help and advice on departmental and personal matters.” Carmen Jensen’s devotion to supporting students is best portrayed through the two field trips she coordinates for students every year to various mines across the country. She plans the itinerary, books air tickets, hotels, land transport, restaurants and meals, mine visits and more…

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Congratulations to Dr. Davide Elmo: 2023/24 Killam Teaching Prize Recipient!

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Davide Elmo, Professor, Associate Dean, Students and Professional Development, has been awarded the prestigious Killam Teaching Prize for the 2023/24 academic year. Dr. Elmo is an exemplary role model who has made and will continue to make a significant impact on the culture of teaching and learning at UBC. As one of six Killam institutions, UBC offers yearly awards from the Killam Endowment Fund to faculty and teaching assistants who demonstrate excellence in teaching. The Killam Teaching Prize is awarded annually to faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni in recognition of excellence…


Teck announces $1M endowment for UBC mining engineering scholarships

Teck Resources Limited and the UBC Faculty of Applied Science are launching the Don Lindsay Teck Award in Mining Engineering. Teck’s $1 million endowment will generate annual, renewable scholarships for students studying within UBC Applied Science at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering. This provides crucial financial support for those who will help mine the critical metals and minerals we need to transition to a cleaner economy. “The Don Lindsay Teck Award in Mining Engineering will shape the next generation of mining engineers,” said James Olson, Dean of the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. “With Teck’s help, UBC is building the…

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Professor Davide Elmo has Linkedin letter published in The Economist

Two recent articles in the Economist (Leaders – Let Them Dig; Business – In a Hole) paint contrasting portraits of the mining industry, reflecting two divergent perspectives. Mining companies do lament that their proposed operations cannot enter production because of regulatory barriers. At the same time, these obstacles may offer convenient excuses to explain their reluctance to invest. However, let’s not forget that large mining operations are large financial speculations focused on mineral assets rather than mineral production. The emphasis of major mining firms remains fixed on accessing sizable deposits, even when their grades are notably low. Such large, low-grade…


Five UBC engineering experts named Canada Research Chairs

Five UBC Applied Science researchers have been appointed as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs, among 19 chairs at UBC. Among them is our very own Dr. Ali Ghoreishi Madiseh, an assistant professor in the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC Vancouver. Dr. Ali Ghoreishi Madiseh, was renewed as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Mine Energy Systems. His research focuses on developing novel solutions for maximizing energy efficiency and improving system performance, to ultimately help mining and petroleum industries to improve their processes, cut operating costs and reduce their environmental footprint. The Canada Research Chairs Program invests up to…

Pictured from left are Dex Feliciano, Dane Campbell, Arjun Singh, and Garrett Bowley.

Winners of Goodman Gold Challenge 2024!

A group from the University of British Columbia (UBC) was crowned the winning team during the 2024 Goodman Gold Challenge: Critical Minerals Edition in Sudbury on Feb. 2. The team includes combined student team of UBC Mining and UBC Sauder School of Business students; Dex Feliciano, Dane Campbell, Arjun Singh, and Garrett Bowley. Congratulations to the students! The Goodman Gold Challenge (GGC) is the most unique and realistic mining investment competition for undergraduate students in the world. Hosted by Laurentian University’s Goodman School of Mines, the sixth annual event welcomed teams of students from across Canada, the U.S., and the U.K….


The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC receives a one-time award of nearly $100,000.

The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC receives a one-time award of nearly $100,000 from the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) in support of undergraduate education. The Institute equally distributed the award in the form of scholarships to all domestic second year students who joined the mining engineering program in September 2023 since the newly admitted students have limited scholarship and co-op opportunities. Information about all scholarships available to undergraduate students in Mining Engineering can be found on the mining engineering website. In the words of MiHR, “In order for Canada’s mining industry to support the…

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Job Posting for Research Associate

The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus, invites applications for a Research Associate to work with industry partners and university researchers to carry out projects focused on Decarbonization of Mine Energy Systems. The Research Associate works closely with researchers in carrying out research plans and projects in the program, coordinates and liaises between multiple industrial partners and manages research projects in conjunction with the principal investigators. Faculty at the NBK Institute of Mining Engineering work with graduate students and staff to pursue research in all aspects of mining from technical to…

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Congratulations to Dr. Bern Klein for receiving Mitacs Awards for Exceptional Leadership

Our esteemed professor Dr Bern Klein has been awarded the Mitacs Awards for Exceptional Leadership. The award is given to an academic supervisor with an exemplary record of developing collaborations with industry and other partners, providing valuable research and training experiences to their interns and initiating research projects with significant outcomes through their Mitacs funding. Dr. Bern Klein Professor, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering Dr Bern Klein is a mineral process engineer and professor in the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He was awarded the Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership—Professor for…


The Coal Association of Canada Award of Distinction recipient Melanie L. Mackay

Ms. Mackay, currently a PhD Candidate in Graduate Studies Mining Engineering with us at UBC, has received The Coal Association of Canada (CAC) Award of Distinction 2023 . The CAC Award of Distinction, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in the coal industry in Canada, was presented to Ms. Mackay during the CAC Awards Reception in Vancouver, BC, on October 2 Ms. Mackay, President of the Western Canadian Coal Society, is being recognized for her remarkable dedication and leadership within the coal industry. A professional geoscientist with almost 20 years of experience in coal geology and geoscience in…

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Engineering, Exploration, and Expertise in Mining

“This program has helped me become a lot more well rounded.”   Howard Cheng Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science Program: Mining Engineering Campus: Vancouver Year: Going into 4th year (as of July 2023) Why did you want to study engineering? Physics and chemistry were always my favourite courses, and I actually spent a lot of time in high school designing things in CAD and doing 3D printing, staying behind after school to work on my own projects. Engineering seemed like the most obvious choice! Why did you choose UBC? I chose UBC because of its first year foundation program. I liked not having to commit…