March 2020
Volume 72    Issue 3

Robert Schafer; An interview with the 2020 SME President

Mining Engineering , 2020, Vol. 72, No. 3, pp. 18-18


You have an interesting background in mining that includes work in more than 70 countries. Can you tell us how you got involved in mining and about your career path?

As I was growing up in Michigan and Ohio, I really did not know that exploration and mining were in my future. However, someone should have suspected as much when I was eight years old and dug a shallow tunnel into a hill located on a vacant lot near our home and began sticking pretty rocks and fossils into the walls and back (ceiling) of the tunnel as a way to save and exhibit them. 

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