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Vision   Statement

The Industry Advisory Board of Montana Tech will actively advise and participate with the Mining Engineering Department resulting in sustained recognition of Montana Tech as the world’s leader for providing talented and versatile mining engineering graduates. 

Mission   Statement

The Industry Advisory Board will assure that Montana Tech’s Mining Engineering Department continues to remain one of the world’s leading institutions providing competent and versatile graduates to the mining and mineral extraction industries.

The Board will provide timely and pertinent information regarding mining industry issues in order to enhance the recruitment and education of students and assure that graduates will have received a quality and value added education focusing on safely extracting resources by the most economic and environmentally acceptable methods.  Providing superior graduates for the mining industry assures that employers may continue to provide superior financial returns for their stakeholders while ensuring the world’s mineral and energy security.

In addition to the Mining Engineering Faculty, the advisory board is made up from the following industry members, many of whom are Tech alumni (alumni are indicated with *):

Robert D. Archibald, P.E.*

*B.S. Mining 1977
Managing Partner, Q4 Impact Group
(630) 608-3678
132 Arrow Rd. NW, Carrollton, OH 44615

Doug Bayer*

*B.S. Mining 1992
Hecla Mining Company
General Mine Foreman

Andrea Deml*

*B.S. Mining 2001
Peabody Energy
Sr. Manager, Drill & Blast

Doug Donegan*

*B.S. Occupational Safety & Health 2002
Granite Construction Company
Regional Safety Manager/Washington Region

Jamie Girard-Dwyer*

*B.S. Mining 1992
Barrick Cortez
Superintendent, Open Pit Maintenance

Bradly Estes*

*B.S. Mining 2001
Granite Construction Company
Plant Operations Manager

Clark Fritz*

*B.S. Mining 1985
Project Manager

Mark Johnson*

*B.S. Mining 1981
Freeport-McMoran Indonesia

Deb Keeland*

*M.S. Mining 2001
Granite Construction Incorporated
Regional Plants Business Manager

Ken Kluksdahl*

*B.S. Mining 1979
Anglo Gold Ashanti
Senior Vice President Projects America's

Jason Palin*

*B.S. Mining 1995
Stillwater Mining Corporation
Technical Services Manager-Montana Operations

Rob Piippo, P.E.*

*B.S. Mining 2005
Westmoreland Coal
Operations Manager

Gary Rivenes*

*B.S. Mining 1992
Cloud Peak Energy
Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer

Ben Roberds*

*B.S. Mining, December 2002
J.S. Redpath Corporation
Project Manager

William Rogers*

*B.S. Mining 1973
Mining Consultant
(903) 559-9478
Texarkana, Texas

Robert Roos*

*B.S. Mining 2000
Lyman-Richey Sand & Gravel Company
General Manager

Ben Scholz*

*B.S. Mining December 1994
Newmont Mining Corporation
Principal Mine Engineer

Scott Shields

B.S. Mining
Joy Global Surface Mining Division (P&H)
Manager Mining Application Engineering
Surface Mining

Chuck Stevens*

*B.S. Mining 1980
Sterling Gold Mining Corporation
General Manager

Jonathon Torphy*

*B.S. Mining 1999
Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, LLC
Vice President, Marketing - Blasthole Drills

Matt Young*

*B.S. Mining 2001
Buckskin Mining Company/KIEWIT MINING
General Mine Manager

Non-Voting Members

Gregory LeClaire*

Montana Tech Foundation, Development Officer
*B.S. Mining 1981