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Doe Run Trains Next Generation of Mine Professionals

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, August 24, 2015


Interns Develop Skills in Environmental, Geological and Engineering Roles

ST. LOUIS (August 18, 2015) – The global demand for lead is expected to increase by 3 to 3.5 percent annually between 2015 and 2025, and Missouri will need new workers to support this growing industry. As part of its effort to train future generations of mine professionals, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) provides students with professional work experience through its summer internship program.

“Our internship program helps students as they develop their skills and prepare for their careers,” said Lisa Henn, senior talent management analyst at Doe Run. “While interning at Doe Run, students and recent graduates work on projects that are related to their majors and areas of interest, giving them hands-on experience in the field.”

This summer, Doe Run welcomed the following individuals to its 2015 internship program:

-Muhammad Usman Khan, from Lahore, Pakistan, is a third-year doctoral candidate in the mining engineering program at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). Khan spent the summer at Doe Run’s Fletcher Mine, where he analyzed various methods and technologies for recording underground air emissions, providing insights into how best to capture data and respond to changing conditions.

-Peter DeVries, from Chanhassen, Minnesota, returned to Doe Run for a second internship. He joined the company’s Exploration and Development department to conduct work related to his master’s thesis, as well as to analyze geological deposits and provide insights into which sites could be successfully mined. DeVries is currently completing a master’s degree in mineral exploration at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

-Taylor Fels, a native to Rolla, Missouri, assisted the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) team by improving stormwater systems at Doe Run’s #29 Mine and working alongside Doe Run remediation crews to channel water from a nearby stream away from a sinkhole. Fels is a senior at Missouri S&T, pursuing his bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. This was his third summer as a Doe Run intern.

-Austin Neaville, from Cary, North Carolina, supported the EHS team with risk management planning related to chemical storage to help Doe Run continue to operate safely. Neaville is a sophomore studying environmental geology at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.

-Kyle Dale Rousan, a St. Louis native and recent graduate of Missouri S&T, assisted the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) as a mining engineering intern, analyzing the productivity of two different drill types and the different underground environments in which they are most effective. This was Rousan’s second year interning with Doe Run.

“I used to visit my grandpa, Harold Ray, when he worked as a metallurgist at Doe Run, and his excitement about the field encouraged me to pursue a degree in mine engineering,” said Rousan. “Interning at Doe Run has reinforced my career decision. The passion and camaraderie of the men and women working underground is unlike anything I have seen in my previous positions, and I am proud to have the opportunity to carry on my grandpa’s legacy.”

“Our internship program is part of Doe Run’s efforts to provide job training opportunities in Missouri,” said Mark Coomes, vice president – human resources and community relations at Doe Run. “We offer guidance, development opportunities and pertinent, practical experience to our interns. In turn, we have an opportunity to gain perspective from bright young minds poised to enter the mining industry.”

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration estimates the mining industry will need 78,000 new workers by 2019 to replace retiring workers and support industry growth. In Missouri alone, mining operations indirectly support more than 33,380 jobs in a highly skilled, high-paying profession, according to the National Mining Association’s 2014 study.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit and

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