James White; photo courtesy of Modular Mining SystemsMining-tech pioneer James White, associate professor in the chemical engineering department of the UA College of Mines from 1971 to 1981, has retired from Modular Mining Systems, the Tucson-based company that he co-founded in 1979.

The mine-traffic management algorithm he developed for their Dispatch computerized fleet control system "changed the way mines operate in real time."

White received a 2003 Medal of Merit from the Mining Foundation of the Southwest and served as the organization's president from 2011 to 2013. He was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2015

Photo courtesy of Modular Mining Systems 

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