The University of Kentucky undergraduate mine design team took first place at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) annual student design competition held during the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, CO. This is the second year in a row that the UK team won first place.
SME describes the undergraduate event as “a two-stage competition involving a technical design stage and an oral presentation stage based on an aggregate mining industry design problem. In this way the students can be involved in a ‘real world’ engineering problem and solution prior to graduation.” Teams are judged on presentation skills, creativity, understanding of aggregate mining processes and thoughtful methodology.
The UK mine design team consisted of Caitlin Strong, Sarah Fay, Jon Lewis, Blanton Park and Collin Sabedra. Jhon Silva is the faculty advisor.