Vision Access to and use of minerals and metals are essential to a sustainable society, to the society’s standard of living and to economic development. Mineral resource management must be conducted in the context of sound process and product life practices. According to Natural Resources Canada1 all activities related to finding, extracting, producing, adding value to, using, reusing, recycling, and, when necessary, disposing of mineral and metal products must be done in an efficient, competitive and environmentally responsible manner, while respecting the needs and values of other resource users and maintaining or improving environmental quality for present and future generations. As a consequence, the minerals and metals industry now involves not only the traditional fields of extraction and processing, but encompasses the related fields of financial management, equipment manufacturing, recycling, and preservation and protection of the environment. Vision Statement The Department’s vision is: To excel in applied science education and research related to the stewardship and recovery of the earth’s mineral resources, accomplished through the development of exceptional engineers and scholars for a sustainable global society.
Mission The Department will strive for excellence in the minerals, environmental, and related fields, through: programs leading to broadly educated graduates equipped to pursue a variety of rewarding and meaningful careers the scholarship of its faculty and students, leading to the advancement and application of knowledge for a sustainable global society delivery of high quality continuing education to the engineering profession service to the profession and its stakeholders. In pursuit of this mission, the goals are:
Goal One: Quality Students To attract and retain students with outstanding potential and diverse backgrounds from across Canada and around the world. Objectives Promote the challenges and rewards of an engineering career in the minerals, environmental, and related fields to future generations. Enhance international and out-of-province participation 1
Mineral and Metals towards a sustainable future, Monograph 10, Eighth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, April 24-May 5 2000
Ensure that all high quality students receive financial support
Goal Two: Quality Faculty Great students deserve great teachers. A dynamic relationship between professional competence, fundamental and applied research and creative teaching is essential to the achievement of the Department's Mission and Vision. Objectives
Maintain and develop a broadly skilled faculty to foster a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration. Hire and retain outstanding teachers and scholars who can enrich their teaching and research by remaining current with industrial practice and innovation. Support faculty members with up to date facilities, information, resources and technology for both teaching and research. Enhance the learning environment with regular input from guest lecturers from industry
Goal Three: Innovation and Excellence To provide rigorous, relevant and challenging programs of study and research, which cross traditional boundaries in order to address the complex challenges faced by the minerals, environmental, and related fields. Objectives Ensure that curriculum and program development reflect the increasingly global context of the minerals and related industries. Encourage relevant second language acquisition Foster interdisciplinary research and teaching Pursue the delivery of continuing education to professionals in engineering and those with an interest in the minerals industry.