Exploring Ways STEM Rocks E6
During the month of September, SciTech Institute wanted to highlight the ways STEM rocks. In this episode, we connected with four women in mining to highlight their passion for geology. We want to recognize the effort from Freeport McMoRan and the Arizona Chapter of WIM to highlight the opportunities in our state.
Exploring Ways STEM Rocks listeners will want to tune in to hear ways to get connected in Arizona.
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. They operate large, long-lived geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. Their portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest copper and gold deposits; and significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in North America and the Cerro Verde operation in South America.
The safety and health of all employees is their highest priority. Management believes that safety and health considerations are integral to, and compatible with, all other functions in the organization and that proper safety and health management will enhance production and reduce costs. Their approach towards the health and safety of their workforce is to continuously improve performance through implementing robust management systems and providing adequate training, safety incentive and occupational health programs.
FCX is a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). Implementation of the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework across the company results in site-level sustainability programs that meet responsible sourcing objectives for the global marketplace.
Their stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “FCX.”
Angie Harmon is Freeport-McMoRan Inc.’s Regional Community Development Manager, North America. She is based in Phoenix, AZ at the company’s corporate headquarters.
Angie supports Freeport’s investment in community-related programs and initiatives across the US, aligning the company’s philanthropic outreach with overall corporate goals through the work of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation.
In addition, she works in partnership with the company’s North American mining operations in their community development functions including stakeholder engagement and strategic contributions. Angie is on the board of the Arizona Science Center and the SciTech Institute.
Angie has a BA in political science as well as her MBA. She and her husband have two sons and live in Scottsdale, AZ.
Women in Mining Arizona’s vision is to be a non-governmental organization that focused on attracting, retaining and advancing professionals in the mining industry as well educating the members and the public in the various aspects of mining. We are an inclusive organization, everyone is welcome to participate.
Molly Radwany is a Master of Science student in the Mining Engineering department at the University of Arizona with a focus on geometallurgy. She currently works as an engineering intern at Call & Nicholas and formerly worked as a geology intern for Freeport-McMoRan. Molly is passionate about a future career in mining and working to address the obstacles that face women in the industry.
Julia Potter is a geologist and geotechnical engineer with Call & Nicholas, where she specializes in geostatistics and 3D block modeling. She enjoys applying a creative approach to her technical work, which has included open-pit and underground mining operations at every stage of project development, throughout North America, Western Turkey and central Africa. Julia holds a BS in Geology and History from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a Master of Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Maria Bertram is WIM AZ’s Vice President. For the last five years, Maria has worked in Freeport-McMoRan’s recruiting department as an events planner and college recruiter. In her role she is responsible for managing the Company’s relationship with universities across the country, and engaging with students and new graduates on and off campus. Prior to joining Freeport-McMoRan, Maria worked in the marketing departments for Arizona Snowbowl and the Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce in Flagstaff, Arizona. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University and is pursuing her MBA through University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign.
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About Your STEM Unplugged Host
After graduating from Bolivar-Richburg High School in rural western New York and joining the United States Army, Kelly Greene learned quickly to adapt to her surroundings to be successful. She attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and played shortstop on the Tiger softball team while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
After graduating from Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training, she traveled the world with the military. While stationed in Misawa, Japan, Kelly fell in love with learning about cultures around the world. Even as a deployed Soldier during Operation Iraqi Freedom for two tours, she found opportunities to connect with the local children to form the Victory Base Council Girl Scouts with her fellow servicemen.
In 2013, she was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and traveled the country by air and had the opportunity to utilize the most advanced technologies available to the tactical HUMINT operations in theater. Upon return from combat, she retired with 21 years of service and began teaching 6th grade Math.
After being selected as a Westside Impact Teacher of the Year and having her Fiesta Bowl Charities Wish Granted for a morning news studio, she was asked to begin a new class on campus – 7th grade STEM! Using her enthusiastic nature and combined with her strong classroom management she was able to design curriculum based on the Engineering Design Process to have her 7th graders complete a new project every 2 weeks!
She is excited to serve as the Director of Student Success for the rapidly expanding Chief Science Officers Program. Her goal is to push students just a bit outside of their comfort zone so they can see for themselves the power of their own ideas.