In findings published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, Mines' Danica Roth and colleagues quantitatively showed – for the first time – just how the post-wildfire landscape can impact how sediment moves downslope.
Mines students used WhatsApp and Zoom to connect with small-scale gold miners in Colombia this summer and collaboratively design solutions for the issues most important to their rural mining communities.
“Artificial intelligence is certainly on the rise and has been for several years,” said Tracy Camp, department head and professor of computer science at Mines. “There’s just so much in our world today where we can use machine learning or AI to improve on our society or lives.”
“The mining industry is extremely concerned about the management of tailings, especially as companies increasingly rely on large-scale extraction of ever-lower grade ore deposits, a process that yields large volumes of waste materials,” said Priscilla Nelson, professor of mining engineering.
The new programs draw from the core areas of expertise Mines is known for — from civil and environmental engineering to extraction to materials science — to create an interdisciplinary field of study that prepares students for the next step in their careers.