Advisory Board

Mining Engineering

Advisory Board

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


Phillip S Brumit, Sr.

President and Managing Director

Minera Candelaria, Lundin Mining


Bryan Farbridge
*B.S. Mining

Project Manager – Hollister & Midas Mines
Hecla Nevada


Mike Harvie

Manager of Engineering and Geology

Montana Resources, LLP


Deb Keeland, P.E.

*M.S. Mining 2001

Master Black Belt

Continuous Improvement

Granite Construction Incorporated


Greg LeClaire

*B.S. Mining 1981


Jason Palin

*B.S. Mining 1995

Vice President/General Manager- East Boulder Mine



Ben Roberds

*B.S. Mining, December 2002

Project Manager

J.S. Redpath Corporation


Robert Roos

*B.S. Mining 2000

Lyman-Richey Sand & Gravel Company

General Manager


Sam J. Shoemaker Jr., SME Reg’d Member., Q.P. 
*B.S. Mining

Project Manager 
John T. Boyd Company


Jonathon Torpy

*B.S. Mining 1999

General Manager and President

Epiroc USA LLC

Doug Bayer*

*B.S. Mining 1992
Chief Mining Engineer

Hecla Mining Company


Jami Dwyer, P.E.

*B.S. Mining 1992
*B.S. Applied Computer Science 1992

Barr Engineering

Elko, NV


Clark Fritz

*B.S. Mining 1985


Mark J. Johnson, P.E.

*B.S. Mining 1981

Freeport Indonesia President and Chief Operating Officer

Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia


Ken Kluksdahl

*B.S. Mining 1979



Angie Okray

*B.S. Mining

Manager Mine Planning

Cloud Peak Energy


Robin Piippo, P.E.

*B.S. Mining 2005

President and General Manager

Kemmerer Mine

Westmoreland Resource Partners


William Rogers

*B.S. Mining 1973

Mining Consultant


Ben Scholz, P.E.

*B.S. Mining December 1994

Newmont Goldcorp

Chief Engineer – CCV Underground Project


Chuck Stevens

*B.S. Mining 1980

Sterling Gold Mining Corporation

General Manager


Matt Young

*B.S. Mining 2001

Business Development Manager

Kiewit Mining Group, Inc.