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Professor Dean Millar named CIM Distinguished Lecturer

Honours for Laurentian Engineering Professor, ERCM Director at MIRARCO

JUNE 5, 2015 Professor in Laurentian University’s Bharti School of Engineering and Director of the Energy, Renewables and Carbon Management group at MIRARCO, Dr. Dean Millar has been honoured as a Distinguished Lecturer by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).


Dr. Millar is one of five Distinguished Lecturers celebrated at the CIM’s national Awards Gala, held at the Palais de Congrès in Montreal last month.  The CIM’s Distinguished Lecturers are selected for their accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities in the minerals industries, and are available to speak at CIM Branch and Student Chapter meetings across Canada. 


Dr. Millar is a leading researcher on energy management, energy efficiency and renewable energy in mining.  His presentation for the CIM Distinguished Lecturer program, The Journey to the 40% Mine, explores market-ready technologies and innovations in mining that can support a sector-wide reduction of 40% in primary energy consumption by 2040.  Mining is an energy-intensive industry and, on average, energy consumption accounts for almost one-fifth of total operating costs in the Canadian underground mining industry. 


The CIM award was given in recognition of Dr. Millar’s research contributions to the field of energy management in miningI am honoured by this recognition and pleased to accept this award,” said Dr. Millar.  “It is a reflection of the valuable contributions of all those who work in MIRARCO’s Energy Renewables and Carbon Management group.”


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Dean Millar is Director of the Energy, Renewables and Carbon Management (ERCM) group of MIRARCO and Professor of Energy in Mining within Laurentian University's Bharti School of Engineering. He is Fellow of the IOM3, holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and a doctorate in Rock Mechanics, both from Imperial College, and is a Certified Energy Manager. Millar sits on the Executive Committee of the CIM Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Society (MERS) and is the Energy Theme Leader for the Ultra Deep Mine Network.

Following his first academic post in Engineering Rock Mechanics at Imperial College from 1998, it was while at the Camborne School of Mines that he developed research interests in energy efficiency and renewable energy. In July 2010 he joined MIRARCO/LU to develop a research programme to reducing the energy and carbon footprint of mining that includes mine cooling, energy storage, energy optimization and renewables integration.