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SME/NSSGA STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION: FINAL PRESENTATIONS

The SME/NSSGA Student Design competition is a two-phase, team-based competition involving an aggregate mining technical design and an oral presentation. The technical design phase takes place during the first semester of the school year on each team's campus. In the second phase of the competition, students have one weekend to solve a design problem and present their findings to a panel of judges. The competition is designed to simulate an engineering project prepared by an engineering group for a company. Past problems have highlighted the challenges of mine planning, plant design, reserve modeling, and feasibility analysis.

This year, the second phase of the competition will take place virtually the weekend of Feb. 5-7, 2021. Winners will be announced at MINEXCHANGE, with team presentations available to view on SME’s Youtube channel in March.

SME/NSSGA SDC – Phase 2 teams

  • Colorado School of Mines – Underminers
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology – Dewey Consulting
  • University of Arizona - Aggregate Mining Solutions
  • University of Nevada Reno – CALJAC Consultants
  • Virginia Tech – Checkmate Solutions

Sponsored by:
Innovator Sponsor: National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA)
Connector Sponsors: Lehigh Hanson, Luck Stone, Martin Marietta, Vulcan Materials, Cedar Mountain Stone
Resource Supporters: Blue Water Industries, Costmine



SME METALLIC STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION: FINAL PRESENTATIONS

The Metallic Student Design Competition (SDC) is a two-phase, team-based hard rock competition focused on the evaluation of a mineral deposit (precious/base metal or industrial mineral) and the development of a potential flowsheet and process design. The new Metallic SDC is modeled after the successful SME/NSSGA competition. 

The Metallic competition is conducted in two phases. The first phase is the technical design phase, which takes place during the first semester of the school year on each team's campus. In the second phase of the competition, students have one weekend to develop a solution to the Phase 2 problem and present their findings to a panel of judges.  

The second phase of the competition will take place virtually over one weekend, Feb. 12-14, 2021. Winners will be announced at MINEXCHANGE, with team presentations available to view on SME’s Youtube channel in March.

Metallic SDC – Phase 2 teams

  • Middle East Technical University (METU) – The Hocams
  • National University of Saint Augustine of Peru – Qhuya Team UNSA
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingeniera – UNI Mining Peruvian Consulting
  • Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos – RTC Mining Consulting
  • University of Arizona – Wildcat Junior Team
  • UNSA Arequipa – Planning Team UNS

Like the NSSGA/SME Student Design competition, the goal of the Metallic Student Design Competition is for students to learn, gain experience, and most importantly, have fun during the event.

Sponsored by:
Influencer Sponsor: Rio Tinto
Software Supporters: Costmine, Hexagon Mining, Metsim International