Mines Metallurgy Department receives funding, support from ArcelorMittal
GOLDEN, Colo., Feb. 23, 2010 – Colorado School of Mines’ George S. Ansell Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering has received $46,000 from ArcelorMittal, one of the world’s leading steel companies, along with access to operations and employee mentors, on-site recruitment, and technical assistance.
Student support is a large component of the program, funding talented students interested in ferrous metallurgy and helping to develop future industry leaders.
"Excellent companies are built and sustained by their employees,” said ArcelorMittal’s Senior Director of Operations and Quality Al Barsophy. “The ongoing acquisition of quality talent therefore, is fundamental to everything we do, and strive to accomplish. The steel industry now requires innovative ideas for continuous improvement and new solutions for our customers which makes a knowledgeable, talented workforce critical to business growth.”
Through the program, Mines metallurgy students have the opportunity to travel to ArcelorMittal facilities in Burns Harbor, Ind., to learn more about the company and its career offerings. ArcelorMittal is also working closely with Mines’ Senior Design program to develop a student project that will address some of the company’s current real-world challenges.
Barsophy says, “Our partnership with Colorado School of Mines has allowed us to build relationships and engage in dialogue with faculty, staff and students. The result has been that more students are now exposed to the opportunities at ArcelorMittal and our values of Sustainability, Quality and Leadership. We’re working with Colorado School of Mines to develop tomorrow’s industry leaders."
Through its Campus Partnership Program, ArcelorMittal is working closely with Mines’ Admissions Office to enhance recruiting efforts in the Midwestern United States, where the steel industry has a significant presence.
Other components of the partnership include support for the university’s Materials Science and Engineering Club, the Mines chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and the Minority Engineering Program. Company representatives will travel to campus this spring to meet students and faculty at a campus reception.
“The ArcelorMittal partnership is unique and provides direct support to our junior and senior laboratory classes. We have long maintained that the hands-on experience students gain in the lab is a critical component of their education,” said David Matlock, professor and director of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center. “With ArcelorMittal’s support, we are able to ensure the continued success of this applied learning approach.”
ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel company, with operations in more than 60 countries. With an industrial presence in more than 20 countries spanning four continents, the company covers all of the key steel markets, from emerging to mature. ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Brussels (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS). For more information, visit: www.arcelormittal.com
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