St. Louis, Mo. (PRWEB) August 29, 2013
The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) recently donated $40,000 to Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Mo., to provide innovative, practical learning opportunities for Missouri’s future mining engineers. The funding will support construction of a new Mining Survey Laboratory, which will feature GPS systems, total stations, and data loggers to teach students how to measure, calculate and map relative geometric advances, material volumes and target definitions for mine planning in surface and underground mines.
“Mining plays a significant role in our local workforce and economy, and is expected to add 11,000 jobs in the U.S. in the next two decades,” said Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO of Doe Run. “Educating students who will become our skilled scientists and engineers is critical to sustaining the industry. By investing in quality institutions, like Missouri S&T, we’re able to continue providing the mineral and metal resources we use in everyday products that provide power, protection and convenience.”
This gift, which brings the total industry funding for the facility to $215,000, is part of Doe Run’s long-standing relationship with Missouri S&T, the alma mater for many Doe Run employees. The company’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO), located about one hour from the university’s campus, frequently provides Missouri S&T students with first-hand experience as participants in the university’s Explosives Camp, educational tours and as summer interns.
“Doe Run has been a strong supporter of Missouri S&T’s efforts in educating world-class mining engineers,” says Dr. Samuel Frimpong, professor and Robert H. Quenon chair of the department of mining and nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T. “This donation provides additional funding towards our goal of $350,000 for the state-of-the-art Mining Survey Facility, which will be located in McNutt Hall.”
Doe Run previously contributed $250,000 to build Missouri S&T’s Experimental Mine building and has also sponsored several of Missouri S&T’s Innovations in Mining Engineering conferences. This year, Pyatt is a keynote speaker at the conference to be held September 9 – 12 in St. Louis.
Doe Run also supports scholarships at Missouri S&T and Mineral Area College and provides hands-on experience for future professionals through its internship program.
About Missouri University of Science and Technology
Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a technological research university of nearly 8,000 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Mo., Missouri S&T offers 66 different degree programs in 40 areas of study, including engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, the humanities, and the liberal arts. For more information, visit http://www.mst.edu.
About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. Doe Run and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com and sustainability.doerun.com.