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Gift advances interdisciplinary studies in top-ranked mining engineering program.

Mining and engineering professionals continuously adapt to industry changes and best practices for safety as well as environmental and sustainability concerns. At the University of Arizona, where the mining engineering program is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. and No. 19 in the world, students are prepared to lead in this dynamic field.

And, thanks to a generous $2 million gift from the Lundin family, students will soon enjoy interdisciplinary studies to complement the mining engineering curriculum. The family, which includes two Arizona alumni, leads the Lundin Group, 14 publicly traded companies in the natural resource sector.

The gift sets the stage for a school of mining engineering and mineral resources where a broad range of disciplines will enrich the curriculum: finance, law, computer science, and environmental and social sciences.

"We are very excited to be supporting such an important initiative alongside the University of Arizona. The drive toward a safer, more sustainable and efficient mining operation requires the very best talent across many disciplines,” says Jack Lundin, president and CEO of Bluestone Resources Inc., one of the Lundin Group companies.

Lundin earned a master's degree in mining, geological and geophysical engineering at Arizona in 2016 and has served on the board of directors for the university's Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources since 2017. His brother, Harry, earned a bachelor's degree in mining engineering in 2010.

The Lundins will add to the gift by matching up to $2.5 million in additional funds raised by December 2022.