COVID-19 affected this year’s mining engineering competitions just like nearly every other aspect of life. The Intercollegiate Mining Games (mucking competition) was cancelled because of the pandemic. Instead, our team participated in the University of Kentucky’s Muckgrass Competition. The virus kept some teams from participating in the competition, so there were no overall winners. Missouri S&T women had strong finishes among the teams that participated:
Women’s team members are:
S&T men placed in four events:
Men’s team members are:
“Team Tater Patch,” S&T’s alumni entry, was the only team to record scores. They performed exceptionally, as always. The team did not compete in the jackleg drill, but here are their scores from the other events:
Missouri S&T’s design team competed against 11 other teams in Phase 1 of the 2021 student design competition sponsored by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA). The teams were given an aggregate industry design problem and asked to create a technical design and oral presentation for a panel of industry judges. In this case, the team presented its mine design and operating plans for a surface quarry in Tennessee. S&T was one of five teams invited to Phase 2 of the virtual competition. We are proud of our team’s effort, even though S&T did not finish in the top three.
Design team members are: