Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering is committed to being a leader in education and research in a new era where mining assumes a more responsive and responsible role in the world. Dedicated faculty and staff provide a dynamic, hands-on learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to teaching, faculty work with graduate students and staff to undertake research in all aspects of mining in order to study and improve the industry for future generations.
The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering regularly collaborates with a number of countries from the Asia Pacific Region. Collaboration can occur through student internships, faculty exchange, faculty visits, short courses and research projects.
Research Collaborations in Asia
- China is the global producer of rare earth elements (REE), important to the global high tech industry and critical to new and emerging clean energy and defense related technologies. Dr. Janis Shandro (Mining Engineering), Dr. Malcolm Scoble (Mining Engineering) and Dr. Mieke Koehoorn (School of Population and Public Health) are working with researchers at the University of Science and Technology Beijing to better understand the occupational and community health impacts associated with the mining of REE in China and Canada. The team collectively shares a philosophy: occupational and community health risks and impacts as they relate to REE mineral development are under appreciated and are in need of attention.
- Dr. John Meech is collaborating with Dr. Chris Anderson at Massey University, New Zealand on the project: “PHYTOCAT- Catalyzing the Growth in Metal Recovery”
- Dr. Michael Hitch is investigating “Coal Hydro-transport Carrier Fluids and Slurry Movement at the Malinau Coal Mine, Kalimantan Indonesia”
Mining Engineering Education in Asia
- UBC’s Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering regularly sends faculty to Mongolia to offer short courses to students and employees of mining companies. The institute was recently visited by the Director of International Collaborations and the Project Coordinator for the Higher Education Reform Project from The Mongolian Ministry of Education and Science
- Dr. Bern Klein and Mr. AJ Gunson visited China University of Mining and Technology (Xuzhou); Central South University (Changsha); Northeastern University (Shenyang); China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing); University of Science and Technology (Beijing); China University of Mining and Technology (Xuzhou); Central South University (Changsha); Northeastern University (Shenyang). The visits have involved lectures to students, meetings with faculty and interviews with students.
- Dr. Bern Klein and Dr. Michael Hitch visited India Institute of Technology- Kharagpur, Indian School of Mines- Dhanbad. During this trip, Memos of Understanding (MOUs) were discussed with these universities. The goal is student exchange and professor collaboration, with the hopes for a future with UBC-IIT professors serving as co-supervisors for thesis projects.