Scott Rosenthal

Associate Professor, Department Chair 

Montana Tech Research Thrust: Computation and Modeling Systems

Scott has over 30 years of work experience in surface mining gold, copper, iron ore, and coal while living in the USA, Australia, Indonesia and Argentina. Scott has held senior positions in mine engineering, production, and mine management with a strong commitment to improving safety practices. Scott utilizes and shares these real world experiences in the classes he teaches and draws on his industry network to provide frequent guest lectures.

2010    M.S. Project Engineering and Management, Montana Tech, Butte, Montana 

1982    B.S. Mining Engineering, Montana College of Mineral Science & Technology, Butte, Montana

Professional Licenses

Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.)

Registered Member Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)

2013-Present         Associate Professor—Mining Engineering Department, Montana Tech

2002-2013              Senior Director, Mine Engineering—Technical Services, Newmont Mining Corporation

2001-2002              Mine Engineer/Cost Coordinator—Morenci Mine (Phelps Dodge Morenci Inc.). 

2001                        Placer Mine Operator—Freegold Placer Gold Mine, Self 

1999-2000              Mine Manager—Minera Alumbrera Limited (Xstrata) 

1996-1999              Mine Manager—Senakin Mine (BHP Coal Indonesia) 

1990-1996              Superintendent Mining—Mt. Whaleback Mine, (BHP Iron Ore) 

1987-1990              Senior Mine Foreman—Barrick Goldstrike Mine (Barrick Gold) 

1982-1987              Mine Engineer—Navajo Mine (BHP World Minerals) 

Research Interests

  • Rock Fragmentation
  • Underground Mine Access Design; Mine Operations Costing; Equipment Selection, Operation, and Cost Modeling.
Research Expertise
30+ years experience in surface mining gold, copper, iron ore, and coal in the USA, Australia, Indonesia and Argentina.  Worked as a mining engineer and mine supervision through mine manager, involved with change management, best practices, equipment selection, and application of best safety practices.

SEED Grant

2015/2016 $5,000.  Awarded April 7, 2015.

PI:  Scott D. Rosenthal

Title: Investigation of Current Underground Mine Industry Practice For Safe Design of Mobile Equipment Entries, Adits, Drifts and Haulageways

Industry Research Concept Proposal

Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, LLC. 2015/2016 $49,873. Approved October 2015.

PI’s: Kevin Dill (Masters student) & Scott D. Rosenthal 

Title:  Determine the Potential Drill Utilization Improvements and Rock Fragmentation Requirements Using Directional Drilling in a Coal Mining Overburden Highwall Application

Google Scholar Profile

  • Hart, Julie F.; Autenrieth, Daniel A.; Cauda, Emanuele; Chubb, Lauren; Spear, Terry M.; Wock, Siobhan; & Rosenthal, Scott. A Comparison of Respirable Crystalline Silica Concentration Measurements Using a Direct-on-Filter Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Transmission Method Versus a Traditional Laboratory X-ray Diffraction Method. Published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. ISSN: 1545-9624 (Print) 1545-9632 (Online), 2018, pp. 743-754.
  • Rosenthal, S. D., What a ride: From the mining industry to university. Education section: Mining Engineering, Vol.67, No. 9, 2015, pp. 46 – 48.
  • Stout, C.E., P.W. Conrad, C.S. Todd, S. Rosenthal, and P. Knudsen, Simulation of a Large Multiple Pit Mining Operation using GPSS/H, International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2013, pp. 278-295.
  • Hoover, J.L., P.W. Conrad, S. Parrow, S. Rosenthal, and J. Downey, Forecasting Drill Bit Consumption in Surface Mine Production Drilling Operations, Transactions 2012, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., Littleton, CO, 2012, pp. 414-421.
  • Roos, C.J., P.W. Conrad and S. Rosenthal Estimating Excavator Teeth Consumption Rates, Technical Papers, Mining Engineering, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., Littleton, CO, August 2010, pp. 45-51.

2019      Rose L. & Ann M. Busch Faculty Achievement

2018​      Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Stefanko Best Paper

Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration

  • Registered Member

International Society of Explosives Engineers

  • Member

  • Collecting Minerals
  • Trading at Gem & Mineral shows
  • Making Rock Spheres
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