Mark A Bowron (2017)


B.S., Purdue University
M.S., Colorado School of Mines

MI 233A (campus map)
Brief Bio
After receiving a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, I served in the US Army as a Platoon Leader and Company Commander after attending Airborne & Ranger schools. Upon honorable discharge, I joined the Climax Molybdenum Co. (AMAX) working at the Climax Mine in Colorado. I started as a miner underground on the 600 Level, progressing up the ranks of operations & management as Level Engineer, Shift Boss & Production Foreman. I assumed the VP & General Mgr. position of the Alma American Mining & Milling companies, private entities owned by the Coors family of brewing fame in Colorado. Working full time, I attended the Colorado School of Mines earning an MS Degree in Mineral Economics. Relevant experience includes operations & management in; UG gold, sulfide flotation processing, surface exploration & production of oxide gold deposits, cyanide heap leach operations, UG mining for mineral specimens, consulting in mining project evaluation & economic analyses, and the Board of Directors of a public gold mining company.
My mining engineering, engineering management and mining operations management experience brings hands-on practical knowledge to the class room. I am an advocate of preparing and mentoring new mining engineers for their first job in the real world. With over 40 years of experience in engineering, operations, management, production and consulting; in surface and underground mining, flotation mineral processing, cyanide heap leach projects, as well as a position on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded gold mining company, I try to impart my experience and practical knowledge to my students. Preparation for an engineering career should be a combination of academics and application of life experience in industry. "Good judgement comes from experience, and experience? - well, that comes from poor judgement."
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