Centers and Programs

Geotechnical Center of Excellence (GCE)

The GCE is a stakeholder-led organization, working across the University of Arizona, the mining industry and other institutions to:

• develop innovative geotechnical solutions;
• deliver graduates from multiple disciplines prepared to work in the geotechnical field;
• provide critical professional development training.

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Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining

The Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining (CESM) develops research and educational initiatives that address environmental sustainability issues associated with mining and rock products operations in arid and semi-arid environments.

What is environmentally sustainable mining and why is it important?

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International Safety, Health, and Risk Center of Excellence

The ever-increasing rapidity of technological change and global development creates demand for minerals and other extracted products.  As these demands grow, so does the scarcity of raw materials, requiring miners to work in increasingly challenging environments to meet the needs of society. 

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Global Mining Law Program

The Global Mining Law Center is a collaboration between the James E. Rogers College of Law and the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. It engages in cutting-edge research on issues related to all aspects of global mining law and policy, fosters productive dialogue among various stakeholders in the mining and natural resources sector, and develops innovative real-world solutions to law and policy issues of importance to mining, natural resource, and energy development.

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Geometallurgy Program

Our Geometallurgy program connects mineralogy, geology, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy – the four areas that define how rocks and minerals behave during metal extraction. Research in geometallurgy focuses on rock and mineral characterization, modeling, and process mineralogy, using UArizona’s state-of-the-art facilities in analytical mineralogy and chemistry. In addition, we offer full-semester classes and labs in geometallurgy, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy for undergraduate, graduate, and professional-development students in geology, mining engineering, metallurgy, and other fields.

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Lowell Program in Economic Geology

The Lowell Professional Programs are designed to accommodate working professionals in the mineral resources industry. The focus is on continuing education, non-thesis master’s degrees, practical and intensive field courses, and distance learning, both live and on-demand. Programs offer a mix of geology, engineering, business, and environmental coursework. Economic geology is one of the fields covered by the Lowell Professional Programs.

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Arizona Geological Survey

Geosciences serving Arizona since 1887

The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) is an important resource for mineral and natural resource industry decisionmakers and legislators. More than 1,300 geologic and mining district maps may be found online at azgs.arizona.edu, along with reports, mineral assessments, bulletins and circulars to describe the geologicframework of Arizona—the basis for metallic and industrial mineral industries in Arizona. AZGS staff can also provide unbiased scientific and geo-technical assessments to support mineral exploration in the state.

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