Charles Knilans (2012 UMD Chemical Engineering Graduate with Twin Metals), Cody Shaffer, Matt Kleinhaus, and Nicole Bolea
Hello, my name is Cody Shaffer. With the help of Twin Metals, I was offered a Spring 2013 co-op position with CESL Ltd in Vancouver, B.C. CESL is a research facility for TECK, Canada’s largest mining company. At this facility we researched hydrometallurgy, an environmentally friendly alternative to smelting for copper metal extraction. I was assigned to the pressurized oxidation circuit in the pilot plant where the copper is leached into solution, filtered, treated, and recycled. It was really cool to see how our chemical engineering course work is used in the real world. It was also enlightening, though frustrating at times, to see how pumps would seize and pipes with solids would clog in a real life situation, constantly affecting the reaction process. Another great part of this co-op was time to explore Vancouver, by far one of the greatest cities I have visited. We had time to explore the city, nature parks, and amazing hikes. This has definitely been a life-changing experience for me, and I would encourage all chemical engineering students do a coop.
My name is Matt Kleinhaus. I also had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver BC and work with a leading hydrometallurgy research group, CESL. It was exciting to live in another country for four months and work and learn. This was my first foray into the mining industry. Mining is a large industry worldwide, not just in Minnesota. CESL is a research division of Teck, one of the largest diversified mining companies in the world. As chemical engineering co-op students we operated the pilot plant. My duties were to adjust the pH levels of reagents, troubleshoot any problems, and take samples periodically for data collection and analysis. I learned quickly what it’s like to work in a pilot plant, which is the first stage in analyzing a new process, so the problem solving opportunities were plentiful. I also had the chance first-hand to use concepts from our courses. I experienced separators, heat exchangers, pumps, and a lot of PVC. Outside of technical work I also saw how a research division works within a larger company. The co-op was a great experience and if you ever get a chance to visit Vancouver, it is beautiful!
One of the most rewarding experiences you can have in college is to visit other places and cultures.
My name is Nicole Bolea and I’m in my final year in Chemical Engineering at UMD. I just came back from one of these ultimate opportunities working with a great group of chemical engineering students from UMD in Vancouver, British Columbia. Teck Resources Ltd has a history of employing many engineering students to run their research campaigns. We were the first students from the U.S. This presented a challenging and exciting experience - first just to get there, and then to prove we were up to the task. Research is exciting and challenging because everything is constantly changing to try new things and improve the process. Along with running the operation we were given projects to supplement our engineering learning. This experience has given me a wider perspective that helped me grow as an engineer. Working shift work presented us with a lot time during off days to experience the regional culture of Vancouver, go hiking, snowboarding, and enjoy beautiful British Columbia.
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