Mining Engineering


Scott Rosenthal

Scott Rosenthal

Department Chair, Associate Professor
Mining & Geology Building (MG) 118
Office: 406-496-4867
Cell: 406-565-0104
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Scott has over 30 years of work experience in surface mining gold, copper, iron ore, and coal while living in the USA, Australia, Indonesia and Argentina. Scott has held senior positions in mine engineering, production, and mine management with a strong commitment to improving safety practices

Scott utilizes and shares these real world experiences in the classes he teaches and draws on his industry network to provide frequent guest lectures.

Research Interests

Rock fragmentation, underground mine access design; mine operations costing; equipment selection, operation, and cost modeling.

Career in Brief

  • Assistant Professor—Mining Engineering Department, Montana Tech (2013-Present)
  • Senior Director, Mine Engineering—Technical Services, Newmont Mining Corporation (2002-2013)
  • Mine Engineer/Cost Coordinator—Morenci Mine (Phelps Dodge Morenci Inc.). (2001-2002)
  • Placer Mine Operator—Freegold Placer Gold Mine, Self (2001)
  • Mine Manager—Minera Alumbrera Limited (Xstrata) (1999-2000)
  • Mine Manager—Senakin Mine (BHP Coal Indonesia) (1996-1999)
  • Superintendent Mining—Mt. Whaleback Mine, (BHP Iron Ore) (1990-1996)
  • Senior Mine Foreman—Barrick Goldstrike Mine (Barrick Gold) (1987-1990)
  • Mine Engineer—Navajo Mine (BHP World Minerals) (1982-1987)

Courses Taught

  • Rock Fragmentation
  • Mineral Property Evaluation
  • Mining Methods
  • Mine Design Project
  • Practical Underground Mining
  • Mine Scheduling
  • Management

Selected Publications

  • Roos, C.J., P.W. Conrad, and S.D. Rosenthal, “Estimating Excavator Teeth Consumption Rates”, Mining Engineering, Vol. 62, No. 8, 2010, pp. 45-51.
  • Hoover, J.L., P.W. Conrad, S. Parrow, S. Rosenthal, and J. Downey, “Forecasting Drill Bit Consumption in Surface Mine Production Drilling Operations”, Transactions 2012, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., Littleton, CO, 2012, pp. 414-421.
  • Stout, C.E., P.W. Conrad, C.S. Todd, S. Rosenthal, and P. Knudsen, “Simulation of a Large Multiple Pit Mining Operation using GPSS/H”, International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2013, pp. 278-295.
  • Rosenthal, S. D., “Long Term Ming Planning at BHP Iron Ore Ltd’s Mt Whaleback Mine”, The AusIMM Annual Conference, Broken Hill, NSW, May 1992, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy