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Virginia Tech Students Win Mining Competition
April 9, 2009

Left to right are Greg Adel, professor and interim MME head; Ricky Rose (junior); Alek Dueksen (senior); Caroline Relyea (senior); Andrew Storey (senior); Bob Stieber (junior); Aaron Noble (senior); and Erik Westman (mining and minerals engineering associate professor and team adviser).

A team of students from the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech recently won first place at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) / National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Student Design Competition. The team won a $2,000 cash prize, as well as products donated by InfoMine USA Inc. A second team of students, also from Virginia Tech’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, earned fifth place.

The competition was part of SME’s 2009 Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Denver. It marks the second consecutive year that the College of Engineering placed two teams in the finals, as well as the second year in a row that Virginia Tech has captured the top spot at the competition.

In addition to the cash prize and equipment, the first-place team was invited that day to present a technical session to industry professionals, university faculty, and student peers attending the conference. Student team members said the competition, though challenging, was a positive experience that enabled them to practice mining engineering as if they were on the job.

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