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A Catalyst for Mining Innovation

Only one university fully integrates the breadth of academic disciplines and organizations needed to provide innovative solutions to today’s minerals industry risks, and to prepare the next generation of diverse professionals for tomorrow’s challenges: The University of Arizona (UA). The UA Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources leads this collaboration bringing together the best the UA and industry have to offer.

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Our Mission

To advance responsible mining and use of minerals by catalyzing resources across The University of Arizona and our global network to: educate stakeholders on the importance of mineral resources and innovations in modern mining; attract the brightest minds from diverse disciplines to apply their talent to mineral resources challenges; develop the next generation workforce; and provide timely, integrated solutions to address real industry challenges.

Workforce

We attract the brightest minds from diverse disciplines to apply their talent to mineral resources challenges and develop the next generation workforce.

  • Fill the pipeline with a mining-ready and mining-knowledgeable workforce
  • Provide multidisciplinary and specialty education
  • Offer continuing education for professionals
  • Provide certifications, distance learning, short courses
  • Train with real-world experience that includes the UA’s unique underground mining lab

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Innovation

We provide timely, integrated solutions to address real industry challenges.

  • Find minerals more efficiently
  • Optimize mine operations and resource recovery
  • Improve worker health and safety
  • Deliver solutions to prevent and manage geotechnical events
  • Tackle environmental issues like water stewardship and biodiversity
  • Engage communities to mitigate social license issues
  • Bring solutions to market through Tech Launch Arizona

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Photo: A disc made of UA-invented Acrete, a concrete substitute made from fly ash (Credit: Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona)

Engagement

We educate stakeholders on the importance of mineral resources and share innovations  in modern mining.

  • Educate the public through outreach — from elementary through high school to the broader community
  • Engage cross-campus resources and facilitate collaboration
  • Engage students and community
  • Act as a trusted, neutral expert with government agencies

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Vision

To provide the framework for responsible mineral resource availability required to sustain generations to come.

Success Stories

From exploration to reclamation, workforce development, technology transfer and outreach. We’ve been delivering innovative and integrated solutions for real industry challenges for more than 10 years. So, what will we tackle next? With strong stakeholder support and engagement, we’ll continue to confront issues that matter most to our stakeholders, and where our expertise can have the greatest impact on a sustainable future for people and mineral resources.

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J. David Lowell

The Institute for Mineral Resources owes its creation to generous endowments from J. David Lowell. Lowell received a BS degree in mining engineering from the University of Arizona in 1949 and a MS in geology from Stanford University in 1957. He also obtained a Professional Engineer degree from the University of Arizona in 1959 and honorary degrees from Universidad Nacional de San Marcos in Peru in 1998 and the University of Arizona in 2000.

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The University of Arizona

Mining education excellence since 1885

  • Top 25 research institution
  • In the heart of world-class mining region
  • Located in a mining technology hub: the “Silicon Valley” of mining
  • Leader in environment, energy and arid regions solutions
  • Broad expertise including environment, law and medicine
  • World-class laboratories and collaborative culture
  • Southern Arizona is the gateway to Latin America

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