At the American Exploration & Mining Association conference, held at the Nugget in December, Mackay School students shared posters and faculty spoke during panel sessions.
Students and program directors tabled at booths for the Mackay School, the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
Department Mining and Metallurgical Engineering professors Ehsan Vahidi and Javad Sattarvand hosted technical sessions at the conference about Green Mining and AI and Data Analytics in Mining.
Students presented posters about their research, including students who participated in the American-Made Carbon Management Collegiate Competition. Trista McLaughlin, a student in Vahidi’s group, took third place in the undergraduate poster competition and doctoral student Seyedkamal Mousavinezhad in Vahidi’s group won fourth place in the graduate student poster session.
Three students from Vahidi’s research group also presented, including Sima Nikfar (“Comparing Life Cycle Assessments of Brine-Based Lithium Extraction Methods”), Saeede Kadivar (“Environmental life cycle assessment of gold production from refractory ores”) and Sheida Nili (“Environmental life cycle analysis of direct lithium extraction from brine resources in Nevada “). Several students in Sattarvand’s research group, Jose Gomez, Milad Ghahramniisalou and Amin Monirimorad, presented in technical sessions.
Students also participated in a networking event, where they had the opportunity to connect with and meet industry employers and researchers. The annual meeting also brings many Mackay alumni to Reno, who are invited to attend an alumni mixer during the conference.