Undergraduate Program Evaluation & Renewal Projects

TitleMINE Engineering Education Renewal (MEER)
Faculty/College/UnitApplied Science
Dep't or UnitMining Engineering
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2019
Project Summary

We will re-evaluate and renew the MINE Engineering undergraduate program.

As a starting point, we will determine a new, updated definition of what it is to be a “UBC Mining Engineer”.

We will use extensive stakeholder consultation to better understand the intersection of our accreditation requirements, societal needs, and the important role future mining engineers will play in creating a more sustainable world. We will develop a new program vision, program level learning outcomes, and then at a course level create clear, well defined, and measurable learning outcomes that align with the overall program level outcomes and goals.

Changes in the professional and academic world have created new challenges. For example, the use of highly networked sensors in mining operations and the need to analyze the resulting large amounts of data has created the need for mining engineers to learn different skills . Also, standard didactic classroom delivery is no longer viewed as sufficient. Incorporating best practices and new options such as experiential, interactive, and online components to improve student learning is increasingly important to help our graduates gain the necessary competencies to be ready to contribute to an increasingly complex world.

Our goal is to provide students with as many key and varied opportunities as possible to become a well-rounded engineer who has the tools and training to create innovative and sustainable changes in the mining industry.

We want to be recognized as the world leader in MINE engineering education by providing an engaging and flexible learning environment for students which fosters innovation, and the value of service to society, and inclusivity.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 1: Project TypeProgram Renewal
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorW. Scott Dunbar
Year 1: Funded Amount54,225
Year 1: Team Members

W. Scott Dunbar, Professor / Head, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Andrea Arduini, Project Lead / Lecturer, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Malcolm McLachlan, Program Manager, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jim Sibley, Director, Centre for Instructional Support, Faculty of Applied Science
Davide Elmo, Associate Professor / Undergraduate Academic and Curriculum Advisor, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Sanja Miskovic, Assistant Professor / Associate Head, Accreditation, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Ilija Miskovic, Assistant Professor, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 2: Project TypeProgram Renewal
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorW. Scott Dunbar
Year 2: Funded Amount45,000
Year 2: Team Members

W. Scott Dunbar, Professor / Head, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Andrea Arduini, Project Lead / Lecturer, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Malcolm McLachlan, Program Manager, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jim Sibley, Director, Centre for Instructional Support, Faculty of Applied Science
Davide Elmo, Associate Professor / Undergraduate Academic and Curriculum Advisor, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jason Jarrett, Adjunct Professor, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Year 3: Project YearYear 3
Year 3: Funding Year2021/2022
Year 3: Project TypeProgram Renewal
Year 3: Principal InvestigatorW. Scott Dunbar
Year 3: Funded Amount34,000
Year 3: Team Members

W. Scott Dunbar, Professor, Mining Engineering / Director, Centre for Instructional Support, Faculty of Applied Science
Davide Elmo, Associate Professor / Undergraduate Academic and Curriculum Advisor, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Jason Jarrett, Adjunct Professor, Mining Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science