The school will serve more than just students with mining-related subjects. For example, a new introductory course is aimed at students who say they know little or nothing about mining.
It explains the need for mineral resources and the technical, social, economic and environmental issues related to their acquisition, use and reuse. The course will examine the impact of developments such as digitization and low carbon technologies, as well as community and environmental health.
Analysts say that copper will become “the new oil” as a raw material in demand.
According to the Copper Development Association, all-electric vehicles use copper in motors, batteries, inverters, wiring, and in charging stations. They can contain more than a mile of copper wire.
“For the first time in the history of mining around the world, our new school will adopt a holistic approach to mineral resource management,” said Moe Momayez, interim department head and David and Edith Lowell Chair in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering.
A nationwide search for the headmaster is expected shortly.
The new school will be advised by a committee made up of representatives from across campus, the mining industry, government and private agencies.
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