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Quality Comes With Experience

The Mining Engineering Department has been serving the Mining Industry for over 100 years, providing high quality education of mining engineers, impactful research and industry collaboration.



Dr. Michael Free

Meet the Department Chair

Dr. Free's offices are located in the William Browning Building, room 313 and 417. You may schedue an appointment with him by phone at 801-581-3893 and 801-585-9798 between the hours of 8AM - 5PM or e-mail him anytime at 


Department Core Values


Strong technical skills to enable effective problem solving and a desire for continued learning



A foundation for safety leadership and risk management



Fundamental business and people management skills



Respect for mitigating environmental impacts associated with resource extraction and utilization



A strong sense of ethical and moral responsibility and cultural awareness, and an understanding of obligations to stakeholders



The ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people



Written and oral presentation skills to effectively communicate projects, ideas and/ concepts



The capability to challenge current practices with intuition to visualize breakout ideas



Last Updated: 9/3/21