Centers and Programs

Geotechnical Center of Excellence

The Geotechnical Center of Excellence 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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Revegeation research

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.

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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

Since 2013, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources and the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona have integrated existing research capabilities with new hires and new analytical resources to form the Mineral Processing Research Group. The team includes Dr. Jinhong Zhang, the Freeport-McMoRan Chair in Mineral Processing and flotation expert; Dr. Brent Hiskey, longtime UA professor in extractive metallurgy and former Kennecott metallurgist; Dr. Jaeheon Lee, professor in mining engineering and former extractive metallurgist for Barrick Gold and Newmont Mining, and Dr. Isabel Barton, a geologist and Assistant Professor of Mining and Geological Engineering focusing on mineral and material characterization

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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, 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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