Professor Raad Jassim

McGill Mining and Materials Engineering Adjunct Professor Raad Jassim was selected, out of 300 professors, as this year’s recipient of the Award for Distinguished Teaching in Finance from the School of Continuing Studies, Department of Career and Professional Development. Professor Jassim has taught and coordinated the Engineering Economy Course (MIME 310) for the last 10 years in the Mining program. He also teaches the elective course, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (CFIN 410) for mining students, and participates in the evaluation of work-term reports, and offers career guidance for students.

The School of Continuing Studies presents the Award for Distinguished Teaching to recognize teachers who embody the highest attributes of the teaching profession. It is a way to honour those committed to quality teaching, and who have the ability to motivate students. Students are asked to identify candidates for the award and put forward nominations.

MAY 22-25TH, 2011 

Youth Meets Experience at Student-Industry Roundtable
Students and industry experts had a rare opportunity to share experiences during yesterday’s roundtable discussions, part of the growing CIM Student Program. They covered a lot of ground, with groups of students rotating through seven key topics. The CIM Reporter Update followed one group of young people at the event. 

CIM Conference - May 22 - 25, 2011
CIM Conference Exhibition Student Program Organizing Committee:

L to R: Dr. Jan Nessett, Teresa Barrett, Genevieve Snider, Mohammad El-Mustapha, Nawfal El Mkadmi, Angelina Mehta, Maureen McGuiness

Materials Engineering welcomes Dr. Gerald Hatch

Professor In-Ho Jung and Dr. Gerald Hatch Professor In-Ho Jung visits with Dr. Gerald Hatch in Toronto. Dr. Hatch also recently spent a couple days on campus at McGill where he met with Hatch Professors and Hatch Fellowship Students. In addition, he reviewed the recently developed Capstone Design course.

PLAN NORD - Roussos Dimitrakopoulos

Plan NordOn May 10th, Roussos Dimitrakopoulos commented in the New York Times, page B3, on the PLAN NORD, the 80 billion dollar investment in developing mineral resources in Quebec’s north announced by the Quebec Government on May 9th, 2011. Roussos also appeared in an interview on CTV news May 11th regarding Plan Nord.

Mining Engineering Students Shine

Student games

By Stephen Coates, President, Co-op Mining Engineering Undergraduate Society, McGill University

McGill’s Mining Engineering Games team made the program proud in February, placing third at the Games and garnering recognition for their spirit and leadership. Read more....

Entre Nous with Roderick Guthrie

Entre NousOn Nov. 25, 2010, the McGill Metals Processing Centre, (MMPC) was recognized for its special and long-lasting contributions to Canadian industrial innovation. Director Rod Guthrie and Research Manager Dr. Mihaiela Isac, received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Leo Derikx Award, in recognition of “an established innovative model of long-standing university-industry partnership in pre-competitive R&D that has improved the general well-being of an industry.” [from Neale McDevitt's article on the McGill Reporter]

2010 Synergy Award for Innovation

Congratulations to Roderick Guthrie and Mihaiela Isac, and the member companies of the McGill Metals Processing Centre (MMPC)—Hatch, Novelis, Heraeus Electro-Nite, Sumitomo Metals Industries, and Rio Tinto, together with its subsidiaries QIT-Fer et Titane, and Alcan—who have garnered NSERC’s prestigious Leo Derikx Award, for their innovative contributions to global advances in the processing of liquid and solid metals.

2010 Synergy Award for Innovation

From left to right: Julie Campbell-Tremblay, Process Engineer Rio Tinto Fer et Titane, Pierre Baril, Heraeus Electro-Nite Québec, Christophe Pierre, Dean of Engineering Faculty, McGill University, Kevin Gatenby, Novelis, Jack Young, Hatch , Roderick Guthrie, Professor Mining and Materials Engineering, and Director, McGill Metals Processing Centre, McGill Univeristy, Mihaiela Isac, Adjunct Professor Concordia and Research Manager, McGill Metals Processing Centre, McGill University, Janet Walden, Vice-President, Direction des programmes de partenariats de recherche, NSERC, Bernard Généreux, Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Rivière-du-Loup Deputy, and Jean-Louis Legault, President, Association de recherche industrielle du Québec (ADRIQ).

New Mining Certification Program - Australia 2011

McGill’s new Certification Program in “Ore Reserve Risk and Mine Planning Optimization”: CENG 222, 16 Continuing Education Units, will be offered August 2011 in Perth, WA. This certification program transfers new methods, technologies and approaches COSMO Lab research produces to mining engineering professionals.

Offered in 2010 in Montreal, the course was attended by 15 participants (3 remote) from Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Angola, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and USA.

André Laplante Scholarship Winner 2010

2010 André Laplante Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Bradley Kaplin, UG student in the Materials Engineering Co-op Program on winning the André Laplante Scholarship Award seen in this photo receiving his award from Rob Henderson, Chair CMP Awards Committee, and Dominic Fragomeni, CMP Conference Chair at the CMP Conference held in Ottawa, ON in Jan. 2011

Roussos Dimitrakopoulos Awards in 2010

Roussos DimitrakopoulosProfessor Roussos Dimitrakopoulos was appointed to the Editorial board of the IMM Transactions – Mining Technology (Manley). He also received the 2010 Mann Redmayne Medal, Best paper award, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK, for: “Stochastic mine design optimization based on simulated annealing: Pit limits, production schedules, multiple orebody scenarios and sensitivity analysis” Albor, F. and Dimitrakopoulos, R. (2009) l, IMM Transactions, Mining Technology, 118 (2): 80-91. To top that off, he was also elected Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM). His latest book Advances in Orebody Modelling and Strategic Mine Planning I, Spectrum Series Volume 17, The AusIMM, Melbourne, 345p was published in July 2010.

2010 TMS Best Paper Contest Winner

Daniel Bairos, winner of the TMS best paper competition

Congratulations to Materials Engineering student Daniel Bairos who recently won The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society Best Paper Contest.

Co-op Student Visits PT Inco

Thao Dang, Materials Engineering co-op student

Materials Engineering Co-op student, Thao Dang, employed by Vale Inco, had the opportunity to visit PT Inco, Vale's Indonesian-based nickel operations (Soroako, Indonesia).

Canadian Biomaterials Society Meeting - Best Oral Presentation Award

Florencia Chicatun and Chiara Ghezzi

Congratulations to Florencia Chicatun and Chiara E. Ghezzi, Graduate Students in the Materials Engineering Department who each won an award at the 28th Annual Canadian Biomaterials Society Meeting held in Queens University, Kingston held on June 2-4, 2010 for Best Oral Presentation. Chiara presented in the Cell Response session, Title: Immediate cellular responses to dense collagen scaffold preparation by plastic compression, Chiara E. Ghezzi, Naser Muja, Showan N. Nazhat. Forencia presented in the Bone session, Title: Evaluation of osteogenic differentiation of pre-osteoblastic cells in dense collagen/chitosan hydrogels for bone tissue engineering. Florencia Chicatun, Claudio E. Pedraza, Chiara Ghezzi, Marc D. McKee, Showan N. Nazhat.

Best Graduate Poster Award

Best Graduate Poster Award

Congratulations to Kinnor Chattopadhyay, Graduate Student in the Materials Engineering Department who won the Best Graduate Poster Award at the Conference of Metallurgists 2010 which was held in Vancouver, British Columbia. The title of Kinnor's winning poster was "Applications of Modelling and Simulation in Liquid Metals Processing". Kinnor is supervised by Prof. Roderick I.L. Guthrie and Dr. Mihaiela Isac.

Best Student Poster Award

Bamidele AkinrinlolaCongratulations to Bamidele Akinrinlola who received the Best Student Poster Award at the 2010 Canadian Materials Science Conference June 2010 which was held at the University of Waterloo. Direct Fabrication of Nanostructured Components Using Al-Mg Chips. Produced By Machining Processes B. Akinrinlola, R. Gauvin and M. Brochu.

Safety Records of Mines Obscured Over Elation in Chile

Chinese mining disasterPhoto courtesy of The Globe and Mail

As 33 miners in Chile were raised from the depths of a mine that had trapped them for 10 weeks, miners in China and Ecuador have since descended to their deaths. The chances of surviving an accident and being rescued often depend on the extent to which safety standards have been enforced and how prepared mine workers are to respond in an emergency, said Ferri Hassani, a professor of mining engineering at Montreal’s McGill University. 

Mining Industry Needs Young Workers

young miners

According to Leanne Hall, Vice President of Human Resources at Noront Resources, the mining industry needs young workers from all backgrounds to replace its ageing workforce. With a 40% retirement rate and new deposits being discovered regularly, thousands of additional workers will be needed each year by mining employers to meet anticipated Canadian production targets to the year 2016.

Huge Career Opportunities Await Youth in the Mining Industry

Mining Industry

Mining careers have a lot to offer today's youth. With over 120 types of occupations, including surveyors, haul-truck drivers, geologists and engineers, to name a few, the mining industry is experiencing a rapid growth and prosperity. "That's the great thing about mining. There are a wide variety of jobs available and you don't necessarily have to work at a mine. There are so many interesting opportunities," says Stephanie Jaworski, a mining engineering graduate from McGill University.

Co-op Student Presents Paper at COSPAR

Jihane Ajaja

Materials Engineering Co-op Student, Jihane Ajaja is pictured here in Bremen, Germany where she presented a paper, “Titanium Cold Spray Coatings” , at the COSPAR 2010 International Conference during her co-op work term with the Canadian Space Agency.

BBQ Corn Roast Welcome Event

Barbeque Corn Roast

The Department of Mining and Materials Engineering hosted a BBQ Corn Roast on August 30th at the Wong Genome Terrace. The event kicked-off the fall semester and was attended by over 200 students, faculty, and staff within the department.

TMS Scholarship Awarded

Dmitri Nassyrov

The Minerals,
Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
is a rare professional organization that encompasses the entire range of materials and engineering, from minerals processing and primary metals production to basic research and the advanced applications of materials. Materials engineering undergraduate student Dmitri Nassyrov was presented with the TMS Light Metals Division (LMD) Scholarship on February 17th, 2010 by LMD Chair Wolfgang Schneider.

Lifetime Visiting Professorship Awarded

Lifetime Visiting Professorship awarded to Hani Mitri

Professor Hani Mitri was recently awarded a lifetime visiting professorship at China University of Mining Technology in Beijing. Professor Mitri was on a trip to China visiting several mining schools in Beijing and Henan Province. It is his second visiting professorship in China, following Henan Polytechnic University in 2006. Jiang Yaodong (right), Vice President of CUMT (China University of Mining and Technology - Beijing) hands Professor Mitri a letter of visiting professorship appointment.

ASM Canada Council's G. MacDonald Young Award

John JonasCongratulations to Professor John Jonas on winning the ASM Canada Council's G. MacDonald Young Award for 2010, which is ASMCC's top award.






Mining and Materials Engineering represented at Eureka! Festival

Students representing McGill at Eureka science festival

Students from the Mining and Materials Engineering departments represented McGill June 11, 12, and 13th at the Old Port of Montreal for the fourth edition of the Eureka! Festival. Eureka! is a free science fair, offering more than 100 science-related activities to the public.

Mining Undergraduates Win Silver Medal

Mining Undergraduates (U4) Brett Woolward and Jeffrey DiFabrizio won the

Mining Undergraduates (U4) Brett Woolward and Jeffrey DiFabrizio won the silver medal for their poster on “Dispatch Optimization at the Essakane Mine”. The competition was held in May 2010 in Vancouver during the Canadian Institute for Mining (CIM) Conference.