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  • Award Photos 2017

    Mining Engineering Award Dinner Photos 2017 University Guest House - Douglas Ballroom April 19, 2017

  • Mining Engineering Welcomes New Faculty

    Three new faculty members joined the department during the 2016-17 academic year.

  • John E. Willson Distinguished Alumnus Award

    The John E. Willson Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 2000 to recognize graduates of the University of Utah’s Mining Engineering Program who have set high standards by their professional accomplishments and service to the mining industry. The 2017 John E. Willson Distinguished Alumnus is Mr. Waldemar (Wallie) E. Rasmussen.

  • Mining Engineering Awards 2017

    Congratulations to the award recipients for 2017!

  • Student Spotlight - Graduating Seniors

    This student spotlight features our graduating seniors! Click to learn more about their future plans, as well as their favorite parts about the Mining Engineering Department.

  • 2014 Mining Awards Banquet

    Click to view details from the 2014 Mining Engineering Awards Banquet.

  • 2014 Mining Poems

    This year our department hosted our first mining poetry competition. The winner of this year's winner is Artem Simonyan! Click to read all of this year's entries.

  • Students Earn Free Custom Made Matterhorn Mining Boots

    Matterhorn sponsored a contest for Mining Engineering students at the U. Students participated in the contest by earning points through department involvement. The five students with the most points received a trip to Pennsylvania, custom made mining boots, and the opportunity to watch those custom boots be made in the Matterhorn factory.

  • $17,500 in Scholarships Awarded by SME to 7 Mining Engineering Students

    The Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration awards 7 Mining Engineering students scholarships totaling $17,500.

  • Student Spotlight - Patrick Guild

    Our first student spotlight features Patrick Guild, a senior in the Mining Engineering Department.

  • SME Alumni, Faculty, and Student Reception

    The College of Mines and Earth Sciences invites you to come by our Alumni, Faculty, and Student Reception on Tuesday, February 25 from 5-7pm at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek.


Dr. McCarter

 The Ivan B. Rahn Award is presented to Michael K. McCarter "for his dedication and unmatched contribu­tions to education in mining engineering for more than 40 years."

McCarter is a professor of mining engineering at the University of Utah and holds the Malcolm McKinnon Endowed chair. He was the associate/acting chair of the Department of Mining and Fuels Engineering from 1980 to 1982, associate dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences from 1990 to 1992, and chair of the Department of Mining Engineer­ing from 1982 to 2008. He began his academic career as a visiting assistant professor in 1973 and retired in January 2018.




Dr. Nelson

The Howard W. Eavenson Award is presented to Michael G. Nelson "for his contributions to coal mining and processing, in mining machine automation, mine ventilation, ground control, and mine health and safety.

Nelson is professor of mining engineering and chair of the Mining Engineering Department at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT. He was previously professor of mining engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He holds a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering and an M.S. in physics from the University of Utah. He earned a Ph.D. in mining engineering from West Virginia University. He holds nine patents and is the author of many technical publications. He has given invited short courses in the United States, Chile, Australia and India, has served as an expert witness in legal proceedings in the United States and Australia, and has consulted widely.





Last Updated: 2/16/18