June/July 2008

Michelin essay contest winners

Two mining engineering students awarded scholarships


Jon Warner and Clyde Sitterud from Michelin

Two mining engineering students were recently awarded scholarships as part of Michelin’s 2007 Mining Essay Contest. The first-place honours and $5,000 scholarship went to Jon Warner, a junior in the mining engineering program at the University of Utah. The first runner-up was Daniel Marsh, a junior studying mining engineering at the University of Arizona, who was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Both students recently received their honours, which included an engraved plaque, on their respective college campuses.

Experts from the mining industry selected the winners from among dozens of applicants. Judging was based on how well each essay addressed the topic: “Discuss the requirements and importance of reclamation, as well as establishing and maintaining environmentally friendly processes throughout the life of a mining operation without diminishing productivity. What steps can be taken in different geographic regions to return land to usefulness?”

Essays were also judged on creativity, originality and how well the essay communicated the student’s thoughts. The contest, which is in its third year, received entries from students at 13 colleges and universities throughout North America.

“The Michelin Mining Essay Contest is designed to give engineering students throughout the United States and Canada the opportunity to address real-world challenges facing the modern mining industry,” said Bill VanSomeren, director of marketing and sales, surface mining, Michelin Earthmover Tires. “We are very encouraged by the entries that we received. The mining industry certainly has a bright future because of students like these, and Michelin is committed to supporting the education of the next generation of mining engineers and professionals.”
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