Mineral engineers design and create systems that are used to locate, extract, and transport natural resources. They develop and design new mineral equipment and make sure that the mineral procedures used are safe and efficient. Increasingly, mineral engineers focus their attention on creating mineral equipment and techniques that are as friendly to the environment as possible.
Mineral engineers may work in offices, laboratories or on mine sites. Depending on the type of mine, those working on-site may work outside in most weather conditions, or underground in cramped, enclosed spaces. Mineral engineers work in mines all over Western Australia, from the mineral sands mines in Bunbury and the South West, coal mining in Collie, gold mining in Boddington and the Goldfields, to iron ore mining in the Pilbara and Gascoyne regions. Often they must be prepared to live on site away from home or work on a fly-in, fly-out basis, which involves working on site for a period of time and then returning home for a break. Many mineral engineers work for large, global companies and may be required to travel overseas for work.
Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma fought tough odds to become India’s first female mining engineer. Chandrani completed B. E (Mining Engineering) from Ramdeobaba Engineering College, Nagpur, in the first position, with merit, in 1999.
Prof. (Dr.) Subir Kumar Mukhopadhyay has brilliant academic records. He stood First in First Class in B.Sc. (Mining Engineering) from B.H.U., and was awarded B.H.U. Gold Medal from B.H.U. and Roberton Medal from MGMI in 1970. He was the only student in his batch to receive Engineering Hons., the then the largest batch produced from B.H.U. He secured 9.57 CGPA out of 10, in M.Tech. (Mining Engineering) at I.I.T. Kharagpur, which is still the ‘record highest marks’ scored so far in the Department since 1990. He obtained Ph. D. in Mining Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, and he was recommended to be awarded D.Sc. by the foreign examiner. He obtained S.C.C. and F.C.C. (Second and First Class Mine Managers’ Certificate of Competency) for Metalliferous Mines (Unrestricted) from D.G.M.S., Dhanbad and also possesses the Mine Surveyors’ (Coal) certificate of competency.