IF IT CAN'T BE GROWN, IT MUST BE MINED
It is no exaggeration to say that the world as we know it would not be able to function without mined materials. According to the National Mining Association, every American uses nearly 40,000 pounds of newly mined materials each year. With nearly 45 percent of all U.S. electricity generated from mined materials and nearly every manufactured good containing some mineral or metal component, mining has never been a more vital industry. Visit the FAQ section to learn more.
Student organizations can be an important part of your college career. They provide access to opportunities you won’t find anywhere else while helping you build a bigger network, develop leadership skills and make a difference in the community.
Pictured here is the Mine Rescue team as they took home the first place prize at the 2020 SME Conference. From left to right: Travis Brammer, Stephen Hall, Rebecca Ray, Paige Estep, Jack Peterson & Victor Harrell.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT MINING?
SUMMER 2020 VIDEO SPOTLIGHT
Even though mining disturbs a relatively small amount of land compared to the total U.S. landmass, it’s impact can be significant on the land that is being mined. Therefore, mining companies have an ethical obligation to return land to useful purposes and productivity.
Modern mining reclaims the affected land during and after the mining operation is completed.
In this semester’s video spotlight, learn about the various phases of a modern mine's lifecycle; from the initial geological mapping of the site, all the way to the final reclamation process.
Although charitable donations are often the first type of contribution that come to mind, philanthropic efforts stretch far beyond that. Yes, charitable donations are needed and greatly appreciated, but it's important for individuals to know that this is not the only way they can support the Mining Engineering community at the University of Utah. Nor is it the only type of help that is needed. Your time, talents and influence can all make positive, long-lasting impacts within our department and in the lives of our students.