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African Ph.D. student works on small-scale mining safety in Ghana

Ph.D. student Kenneth Bansah has formed a nonprofit organization in his native Ghana to improve working conditions for female artisanal miners who do so as means to survival. The mining engineering student is pictured in the Rock Mechanics Explosive Research Center, his campus home. Sam O’Keefe /Missouri S&T

Two boys swim in the Tano River near Ghana's western border with Ivory Coast. Contamination from artisanal mining has rendered the river's water unfit for human consumption. Photo by Kenneth Bansah.

Two boys swim in the Tano River near Ghana’s western border with Ivory Coast. Contamination from artisanal mining has rendered the river’s water unfit for human consumption. Kenneth Bansah.

As a doctoral student in mining engineering, Kenneth Bansah works, learns and lives nearly 10,000 miles from his boyhood home of Tarkwa, Ghana, a gold mining hub in western Africa.

But even as he fine-tunes his dissertation on mitigating sinkhole hazards and other karst formations − and takes care of three children ages four and under while his wife completes her own graduate studies in Michigan – the subsistence gold miners of Ghana are never far from Bansah’s mind.

Or his heart.

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Doe Run donates $40,000 to Missouri S&T for new spectrometer

With 50,000 new employees needed in the mining industry by 2019, and 3.5 million manufacturing jobs expected over the next decade, The Doe Run Co. understands the importance of educating the next generation of the workforce. The company recently donated $40,000 to Missouri University of Science and Technology toward the purchase of an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometer for its geology, mining and metallurgical engineering programs. [Read more…]

S&T’s Lusk on committee to help keep miners safe

Professor Braden Lusk will serve on a national committee to study miners' exposure to respirable coal mine dust. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T professor Braden Lusk will serve on a national committee to study miners’ exposure to respirable coal mine dust.
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A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is part of a national group looking at ways to keep miners — especially underground coal miners — safe.

Dr. Braden Lusk, professor and chair of mining and nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T, is on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee to study occupational exposure to respirable coal mine dust in underground mines. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T mining expert helps write new rules

Missouri S&T professor Kwame Awuah-Offei spent a year and a half in Washington, helping the Securities and Exchange Commission write proposed new mining regulations. Photo By Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T professor Kwame Awuah-Offei spent a year and a half in Washington, helping the Securities and Exchange Commission write proposed new mining regulations.
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A mining expert from Missouri University of Science and Technology lent a hand in writing new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) mining disclosure rules that could guide the industry for the next 20 to 30 years.

Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei, associate professor of mining engineering at Missouri S&T, worked for the SEC from early February 2015 to mid-August 2016 in Washington, D.C., to craft guidelines on disclosures on mine property and payments by publicly traded mining companies. The current mining property disclosure rules have been in place for 30 years, and if accepted, the new ones — designed to bring the United States more in line with international standards — should last at least that long. [Read more…]

S&T students win WARDJet challenge — and new waterjet

The Missouri S&T Rock Mechanics Explosive Research Center team won a new WARDjet waterjet during a competition in September in Chicago. Wearing green shirts, from left team members Jay Schafler, Marty Langenderfer, John Rueschmann and Jeff Heniff put together a WARDjet to win the competition. It was installed at Missouri S&T on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

The Missouri S&T Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center team won a new WARDjet waterjet during a competition in September in Chicago. Wearing green T-shirts, from left team members Jay Schafler, Marty Langenderfer, John Rueschmann and Jeff Heniff put together a WARDjet to win the competition. It was installed at Missouri S&T on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A team of Missouri University of Science and Technology students helped bring a new waterjet cutting machine to campus — and the machine will help propel research into expanding areas and show new uses for the technology.

During the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) Sept. 12-17 in Chicago and as part of the Smartforce Student Summit Build It! Challenge, sponsored by WARDjet, student teams competed against industry professionals. WARDJet’s build-off competition offered teams a chance to win a waterjet cutting machine. [Read more…]

From wide receiver to mining leader

Braden Lusk stands at the entrance of the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine, photo by Sam O'Keefe

Braden Lusk stands at the entrance of the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine, photo by Sam O’Keefe

Braden Lusk first came to Rolla in 1996 as a walk-on wide receiver from central Kansas who excelled at math and science in high school but admittedly “had no idea what an engineer was.” [Read more…]

S&T Haunted Mine to open Friday, Oct. 21

2011 10 31 Haunted Mine edit file  002Mining engineering students at Missouri University of Science and Technology are “haunting” the school’s Experimental Mine Facility for Halloween this year.

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Public-private partnership helps fund new mine building at Missouri S&T

Under the guidance of Professor Stewart Gillies, Missouri S&T students use equipment provided by Doe Run in the experimental mine in Rolla.      Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Under the guidance of Professor Stewart Gillies, Missouri S&T students use equipment provided by Doe Run in the experimental mine in Rolla. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Bill Kennedy, president and CEO of Jack Kennedy Metal Products and Building Inc., recently gave the lead gift to support construction of the new Kennedy Experimental Mine Building at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Missouri S&T hosts mine rescue competition

Missouri S&T's two mine rescue teams will compete against industry teams at the 34th Annual Mine Rescue Competition Oct. 3-6 at S&T's Experimental Mine. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T’s two mine rescue teams will compete against industry teams at the 34th Annual Mine Rescue Competition Oct. 3-6 at S&T’s Experimental Mine. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

The Missouri Mine Rescue Association, in conjunction with Missouri University of Science and Technology, will host its 34th Annual Mine Rescue Competition designed to simulate a mine emergency Monday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine.

Missouri S&T teams will compete with teams from industry, such as Doe Run, Vulcan Materials Co. and Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. There are 16 teams competing. [Read more…]

See fireworks two Fridays in June at Missouri S&T

Watch the skies above Missouri University of Science and Technology in June for two student-produced fireworks displays.

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