Wastewater from a mine doesn’t sound like a cozy habitat, but for untold numbers of microorganisms, it’s home sweet home.
An industry-academic collaboration led by U of T Engineering professors is studying the use of microorganisms to treat mine waste in tailings ponds. The researchers also hope to extract valuable metals that could offset the cost of processing.
Winning Lassonde Mineral Engineering Team (Zawwar Ahmed (MinE Year 3), Dalton Veintimilla (MinE Year 4), Ice Peerawattuk (MinE Year 4) and Jihad Raya (MinE PEY)) with Candace MacGibbon, CEO of INV Metals (at centre).
A LEGACY OF INNOVATION IN MINING AT U OF T ENGINEERING
Dr. Pierre Lassonde’s visionary leadership and generous philanthropy have had a transformative impact on Mining Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Lassonde has pledged more than $10 million in philanthropic support to numerous projects, beginning in 1996 with a landmark gift of $4 million that revolutionized the Mineral Engineering Program that now bears his name. Since that time, his support of undergraduate and graduate scholarships, faculty research and industry collaborations, and his investments in the physical spaces in which our programming is housed, have deepened our impact within the academy, industry, government and society.
Read more about Dr. Lassonde’s life and career on the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame’s website.