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Paul C. Jones has worked for over fifty years as a mining engineer, executive, and consultant in over twenty countries. Getting his start in mining engineering in British Guiana in the early 1960s, Jones built a career in the 1970s and 1980s overseeing the exploration, development, and management of mining properties for utility companies in the US Central West. During the second phase of his career from the 1980s through 2010, Jones worked as an executive for several mining companies. Since the 1990s, Jones worked as a consultant for the industry, co-founded and expanded several exploration and management companies, such as Mystery Creek Resources, and served on the boards of multiple mining companies. Today, Mr. Jones continues to run the consulting company, Sovereign Management Group, Ltd., that he founded in 1996. He has been active in mining outreach and education for many years, particularly as an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines, and as co-developer of an online lecture series, www.allaboutmining.org, for K-12 teachers. Jones has also served professional mining associations at the state and national levels with distinction. For his service to associations and the industry, Jones was awarded the AIME Sanders Gold Metal [American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers] and the MMSA’s Presidents Citation, having served as MMSA [Mining and Metallurgical Society of America] Treasurer from 2005-15.
These interviews were funded with support from the American Institute of Mining Engineers, Metallurgists, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), The Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS), and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
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