Brickey Awarded $300,000 Grant to Help Rebuild US Mining Faculty through Research

Dr. Andrea Brickey has been awarded $300,000 to help rebuild America’s dwindling number of mining engineering faculty through research endeavors.

Dr. Andrea Brickey of the Department of Mining & Engineering Management has been awarded the $300,000 2016 Freeport-McMoRan Career Development Grant, which focuses on rebuilding the faculty pipeline in U.S. mining schools through research.

The award is worth $100,000 per year for three years and will primarily fund two graduate students to assist in her research. Brickey is developing a holistic mine schedule by incorporating additional aspects of the mine’s operation, such as ventilation. The research project, “Production Schedule Optimization for Underground Mining,” addresses processes, efficiencies and safety of mining projects. 

Additionally, the award will fund several undergraduate students and pay for travel for professional development opportunities, all of which is intended to support tenure and promotion.

Brickey earned her bachelor’s degree from South Dakota Mines in 1999 and worked for 15 years before returning to academia, earning her doctorate from Colorado School of Mines and then joining the SD Mines faculty ranks last fall. Her industry experience has focused primarily on mining operations and consulting projects in Africa and North and South America, mining copper, gold, silver, nickel, phosphate and coal.

The grant is part of the Academic Career Development initiative of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) and the SME Foundation to boost viable tenure-track candidates in mining engineering, mineral processing or extractive metallurgy.

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