SA Mines and Energy Journal : June 2009
JUNE/JULY 2009 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 42 A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mining Education Students of Adelaide's four year undergraduate degree in mining engineering experience all aspects of the mining industry including geology, mine planning and design, mine management and environmental engineering. The University of Adelaide is one of only four universities nation-wide offering a common mining curriculum, fully endorsed by industry as part of Mining Education Australia's world-class virtual mining school. To discuss part-time and full-time study options in Mining Engineering phone 8303 6476 or visit www.adelaide.edu.au J08_455 SPONSORED FEATURE While working in underground and surface mines in Zambia, Emmanuel Chanda formed a fundamental understanding of the mining industry that has led him to become a leader in his field. Born, raised and educated in Zambia, he obtained further education and experience in the United States and Germany before joining Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Limited. He held a number of leadership positions including Mine Planning Superintendent at the Kitwe Division, with 12,000 employees. Now an Associate Professor in Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Chanda has found mining processes in Australia to be similar to those in his country of birth. "Australian mines enjoy greater productivity and efficiency due to the skilled workers employed here, " he said. "The other main differences between the two countries are in the areas of mine safety, efficiency and size. " Associate Professor Chanda's extensive industry experience strengthens his teaching in mining engineering. "My practical experience in the mining industry allows me to share first-hand experiences with students in the university's Mining Engineering program, " he said. Associate Professor Chanda has now spent more than 10 years teaching in Australia. At the University of Adelaide he heads the mining engineering program and teaches several of the courses, including mine planning, surface and underground mining systems, and mine design. He also teaches an introductory course on technical aspects of mining as well as its role in society and how it affects the environment. This course provides first- year Mining Engineering students with a comprehensive overview of the industry. Associate Professor Chanda said the industry had a growing emphasis on improved environmental practices and rehabilitation of mined land. "Mining companies, educators and government agencies now work together to develop responses to the impact of mining on the natural environment, " he said. "Rehabilitation of land now extends beyond the initial mining process with an aim of returning the landscape to its original form. " Associate Professor Chanda sees this transition and the continued improvement of automated processes as key factors in the improved productivity and safety levels of mines in the future. A world of experience Emmanuel Chanda Rehabilitation of land now extends beyond the initial mining process, with an aim of returning the landscape to its original form.
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