Rajive Ganguli, Ph.D., P.E., Mining Engineering
The Mineral Industry Research Laboratory (MIRL) was established at the University of Alaska Fairbanks by the 1963 Alaska Legislature for the purpose of conducting basic and applied research to aid in the development of Alaska’s mineral and energy resources.
The Mineral Industry Research Laboratory performs basic and applied research that supports development, production, processing, refining and transportation related to mineral and energy resources of Alaska and elsewhere. Major topical areas include beneficiation and hydrometallurgy of ores, geotechnical engineering (including frozen ground), impact of cold climate on mine ventilation, systems engineering, mineral economics, and computational intelligence for mine operations.
Alaska’s mineral wealth is well known. What is less known, is that the mining-related expertise present in Alaska, in MIRL faculty, is in short supply worldwide. Extractive metallurgy expertise has slowly eroded worldwide over the last few years. There are not that many mine ventilation experts, especially those that can go beyond basic ventilation networks. Utilization of massive amounts of mine operations data and mining it for specific purposes, such as mine-mill reconciliation, requires knowledge of both computational intelligence and mining engineering, a combination that is not easily found.
Whether you are a government agency looking for answers to mining related questions, or a mining company seeking insight into a problem, MIRL is here to support you. When it cannot, it can help locate the right expertise within the University of Alaska system.