Interdisciplinary School of Mining and Mineral Resources

UArizona colleges are determined to tackle a grand challenge: mining resources in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable way. The College of Engineering and the College of Science are creating a new interdisciplinary school that will span the full mining and mineral resources life cycles, from discovery to reclamation and recycling.

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May 23, 2022

The School of Mining and Mineral Resources has awarded funding to projects spanning eleven University departments and affiliated organizations for research and education related to mineral resources.

Supported projects overview

In the Media

June 16, 2022

Women in mining on the move


April 30, 2022

Beginning in the fall semester of 2022, all students at the University of Arizona will be able to add a minor in sustainable resources to their course of studies.

Info for prospective students

In the Media

May 6, 2022

It's one of the five Cs of Arizona's economy. But what role does mining really play in Arizona today?


March 2, 2022

Brad Ross, Interim Director of the School of Mining and Mineral Resources gives an introduction to this exciting endeavor.

Watch the video

In the Media

April 29, 2022

Tucson startup in finals of global mine-tailings reuse challenge


January 28, 2022

Brad Ross Named Interim Director for the School of Mining and Mineral Resources

Brad Ross, the new interim director, is a registered professional mining engineer and PhD with more than 40 years of experience in the mining industry and over a decade at the University of Arizona.

In the Media

December 29, 2021

World’s first school for holistic mining management incorporates ESG agenda


December 13, 2021

Interdisciplinary research in mineral resources gets a boost with new initiative

A total of 17 proposals from across campus, representing seven different colleges, resulted from the first call for proposals.

In the Media

December 10, 2021

Reuters: ANALYSIS - Miners face talent crunch as electric vehicles charge up metals demand

  October 27, 2021

A new interdisciplinary mining and minerals research hub for students

Our research hub will create common ground for students and researchers alike.

Research at UArizona

September 28, 2021
Construction Underway on Grand Challenges Research Building

February 1, 2021
UArizona in Top 20 Among Public University Research Expenditures


September 9, 2021

Arizona State Legislature Approves $4M in Ongoing Yearly Funding for School of Mining and Mineral Resource

The funding will go toward faculty, staff, students, and facilities.

In the Media

September 11, 2021, Remonews
Autonomous robot swarms to mine the moon’s resources

September 15, 2021, KGUN 9
UArizona School of Mining and Mineral Resources received $4M from state (video)


June 11, 2021

UArizona Press Release
New School of Mining and Mineral Resources at UArizona Will Take Holistic Approach

Arizona Board of Regents approves creation of the School

In the Media

June 12, 2021, KTAR News
UArizona to create new School of Mining and Mineral Resources

June 28, 2021, KVOA
News4Tucson Today




May 2021

New School of Mining and Mineral Resources approaches final stage of approval

Industry, faculty and students work together to design the future of mining and mineral resources education

How to improve enrollment in mining engineering

A two-part article published in Mining Engineering magazine

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February 2021

Proposed UArizona school aims to change mining education

Planning moves forward

More about green energy and mining

Mining Law Summit panel: Responsible mining crucial

The world in 2050: Cleaner mining for greener energy


December 2020

UArizona works toward becoming a leader in all things mining

UArizona explains its plans

In the Media

December 17, 2020, Engineering & Mining Journal
Lundin Family Donates $2M to UArizona Mining Program


October 29, 2020

UArizona Press Release
Lundin Family Giving $2M to UArizona Mining and Mineral Resources Programs with Challenge that Could Bring Millions More

UArizona introduces proposed School

In the Media

November 30, 2020, Chamber Business News
Mining family donates more than $2 million to expand UArizona mining school

November 2, 2020, Mining Global
Lundin Family to fund mining school at University of Arizona