This article shares the TAilings and IndustriaL waste ENGineering Center (TAILENG) perspective on the current state and needs for education and research in the tailings industry. TAILENG is a U.S.-based research center formed via a partnership of faculty at four leading universities: Georgia Tech, Colorado State University, University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. TAILENG also includes in its organization world-class experts from academia, the consulting industry and visionary mining companies through its advisory board and regular members. More information about TAILENG can be found at: http://taileng.ce.gatech.edu.
The TAILENG steering committee conducted several meetings with the members of the advisory board in 2020. The focus of these meetings was to discuss current challenges and potential future needs for the education of tailings engineers and the role of research in the tailings industry. These meetings have delineated the TAILENG perspective on education and research in the tailings industry, which is described below.
*Additional coauthors include: Tatyana Alexieva, Gonzalo Castro, Antonio da Fonseca, Terry Eldridge, David Frost, Christopher Hatton, Steven Kramer, Georgia Lysay, Kimberly Morrison and Bryan Watts.