Meet Phillip Ruban

“I enrolled in the Mineral and Energy Economics program because I was looking to diversify my skillset and my knowledge. This program allows me to make a career switch so I can work in a broader field of mining.

I enjoyed the Advance Project Evaluation class, co-taught by two adjunct faculty members who are principals at SRK Consulting. They brought real-life tangible lessons about mining projects that they experienced through their business and gave us the tools to evaluate them under different lenses, from the perspective of different stakeholders.

The background, experiences and diversity in the classroom contribute greatly to the program. We’ve got people who have worked in energy, petroleum, geology and mining, and those different perspectives through the classes and assignments have brought color and richness to my learning outcome.”

Phillip Ruban
Division of Economics and Business
Mineral and Energy Economics MS
Class of 2017

"I came to Mines for the IFP [Institut Français du Petrole] program. I was interested in pivoting away from engineering and doing something more business-oriented. Mines is a very well-respected institution, as is IFP, in the petroleum industry. The dual-degree program was exactly what I needed.

In fact, I just got a job offer a couple days ago! I’ll be doing energy statistics at the International Energy Agency in Paris, working with non-OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries, primarily in North Africa and the Middle East.

I’m a very social person and I’ve met some really great friends here. Moving away will be hard. But after studying at IFP, I have great connections in Paris, too."

Laila El-Ashmawy
Division of Economics and Business
Dual Degree MS, Mineral and Energy Economics, Petroleum Economics and Management
Class of 2016

“I love our department because I feel connected to a network of people who care about my success. Last year, I had an incredible mentor who was a graduating PhD student. She helped shape my feelings about what getting a PhD in economics means and the power and responsibility it gives me. This year, I found another great mentor who is honored and respected in our circle; he has smart things to contribute to virtually any discussion and takes the time to help me contribute also.

The mentorships and friendships I’ve found here at Mines are really incredible to me and I feel very lucky to have them. Starting out in a PhD program, there’s cause to be doubtful about whether your efforts will be meaningful and if they will translate into being able to produce findings that you care about. My mentors never doubt me; they respect and encourage me. As they themselves are contributing meaningful research, I can relax a bit and be confident that the process will pay off.”

Sadie Fulton
Division of Economics and Business
Mineral and Energy Economics PhD
Class of 2019

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