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Universidad de Chile

Department of Mining Engineering

The Universidad de Chile began educating mining engineers in 1853. Since the graduation of the first four engineers in 1856, the Department has trained over 1300 professionals for one of the most important Chilean industries. Graduates of the Universidad de Chile have become leaders in areas such as block caving, heap leaching and the El Teniente converter, and have brought the University worldwide recognition. The department conducts research in areas such as mineral resource evaluation, geostatistics, mine planning, mining technology, rock mechanics, mineral processing, hydro-electrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, environment and mineral economics. The Department is also responsible for three graduate programs: a Master´s in Extractive Metallurgy, a Master´s in Mining and a Doctorate in Mining Engineering.

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Universidad de Concepción, Chile

The Department of Metallurgical Engineering

The Department of Metallurgical Engineering of the Universidad de Concepción, Chile was founded in 1961 and offers undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in Metallurgical Engineering. More than 600 students have graduated from its programs, among them Chile's first generation of metallurgical engineers.

The Department was created in response to the lack of national metallurgical experts in the Chilean mining industry during the era of the Department's founding. Now, approximately 30 professionals graduate each year from the metallurgical engineering program. The Department's main areas of research and expertise are mineral processing, chemical metallurgy, modelling and environmental issues.

The Metallurgical Engineering Department has close ties with the mining industry as well as with foreign universities and research centers. It has continued its program development over the years by closely adhering to international standards.

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Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

The Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria was founded in Valparaíso on 27 April, 1926, when the Federico Santa María Foundation was established, thanks to his Will and Testament. The entrepreneur and businessman from Valparaíso wanted to leave his country with a center of scientific and technological studies to train professionals at the highest level. On December 20, 1931, the Crafts School and the Engineering College, "José Miguel Carrera", were inaugurated with academic activity starting in 1932. In 1935, the Foundation was officially named Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María.

In the 1970's the university started a university technician training program in the area of science and technology, with the establishment of the Viña del Mar branch, "José Miguel Carrera", and the Concepción branch, "Rey Balduino de Bélgica".

In 1995, the first Campus in Santiago (Vitacura) opened. In 1996, the USM Campus Guayaquil opened in Ecuador, making it the first Chilean University to open a campus abroad. In 2000, USM and LAN Chile joined to found the Aeronautical Sciences Academy (ACA) at the Santiago - Vitacura Campus. This innovative project links the academic sector to the aeronautical industry with its mission to prepare top level professionals for the Latin American market. In 2009 the second Campus in Santiago (San Joaquín) was opened. This new campus will strengthen the university's presence in the Metropolitan Region.

After 80 years the University is reputed for its prestige and leadership in engineering, science and technology.

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Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile A.G.

In over half a century since its founding, el Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile (Chilean Council of Engineers) has congregated professionals from different engineering disciplines, having the Council of Mining and Metallurgy as its direct link to the mining industry.

The members of Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile have permanently represented a key element in the country’s development; participating in the most diverse areas of the national activity.

The Council’s mission is to promote the professional, scientific and technological development of its members; to provide community service; and to watch over the development and streamlining of engineering, as well as the progress, prestige and prerogative of the engineering profession.


Advancing professional excellence in the mining industry for over 10 years
Founded in 1998, Gecamin organizes highly technical, international seminars and conferences that focus on generating interdisciplinary collaboration within the mining industry.

More than 12,000 professionals have attended Gecamin seminars and conferences in various areas of importance to the mining industry, including geology and mining, sustainability and environmental issues, mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, maintenance, automation, and human resources.

These seminars and conferences allow for the exchange of best practices, innovative experiences and new technologies applied to the mining industry. Through its events, Gecamin provides a space where professionals from mining companies, suppliers, research centers and universities can meet and interact, fostering an international network of knowledge and exchange.

Each seminar and conference organized by Gecamin features a great diversity of technical presentations comprised of case studies, theoretical research and scientific findings shared by prominent industry experts and academics. These presentations are documented by the proceedings, which contain carefully selected, peer-reviewed articles. The joint effort between the contributing authors and Gecamin is what ensures the high technical standards of each event.

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