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Mining Engineering Seminar: “Professional Origins: Visual Culture and the History of Mining Engineering”

April 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

“Professional Origins: Visual Culture and the History of Mining Engineering”

Presented by Eric C. Nystrom

This talk examines the important links between visual culture and the formation and evolution of the profession of mining engineering in America. The ability to create and wield visual representations set emerging mining engineers apart from other groups who could claim expertise over underground work. This professional distinction, and the changing visual technologies that mining engineers employed, sheds new light on the shape taken by mining engineering in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This history, in turn, has implications for the field’s interactions with other STEM disciplines as well as its relationship to business and society, and raises questions about the future shape of the mining engineering profession.


Eric C. Nystrom is Co-Director of ASU Public History and Associate Professor of History in the Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication faculty at Arizona State University, where he teaches the history of engineering. From 2007-2015, he taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and was the Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellow in the History of Economic Geology at the American Heritage Center in 2016. His book Seeing Underground: Maps, Models, and Mining Engineering in America (2014) received the Clark C. Spence Book Award from the Mining History Association. Nystrom developed and edits the academic book series Mining and Society at the University of Nevada Press.


Wednesday, April 4

4-5 PM

Brown 125


April 4, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Brown Hall
1610 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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