The latest installment in the Northland College Perspectives in Mining series featured speakers Dr. Donald Fosnacht and Dr. George Hudak of the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. The two spoke on Thursday, April 17, at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute. The two discussed the unique geological formations that are driving the mining boom and how modern mines are engineered to extract and process ores into raw materials.
Dr. Donald Fosnacht is the director of the Center for Applied Research and Technology Development at UMD. He is a metallurgical engineer with a broad background in minerals extraction and minerals processing, extractive and physical metallurgy and analytical chemistry.
Dr. George Hudak is the director of the Minerals Division at UMD. He is responsible for overseeing both the Minerals Laboratory in Coleraine, Minnesota, and the Duluth Minerals Group. He is also the associate director of the Precambian Research Center.