Caelen Burand.

Passionate Mining Engineering and Geoscientist


Caelen Burand

University of Arizona

Bachelor of Science:

Mining Engineering & Geoscience.

Expected Graduation: Spring 2023


(719) 250-2424




With a passion and dedication to promote effective and responsible mining, I intend to maximize holistic stakeholder wealth generation while minimizing and eliminating negative externalities involved with the discovery, extraction, and processing of mineral resources through researching/leading innovative projects. I seek to reach the edges of our knowledge and then expand our knowledge with novel solutions.



Current Positions


Jan 2022–Present

University of Arizona Graduate College – Tucson, AZ

Master of Engineering - Mining Engineering (Sustainability)

Aug 2019–Present

University of Arizona Honors College – Tucson, AZ

Bachelor of Science; Mining Engineering (Mineral Processing)

& Geoscience (Gem Science)

GPA: 4.0/4.0

Achievements: Dean's Honor, Lowell Institute of Mineral Resources Student Spotlight, UA SME Student Chapter VP of Professional Development.


Centennial High School -- Pueblo, CO

High School Diploma

GPA: 4.0/4.0

Achievements: Nationally Competitive Speaker and Debater, Senior Class President, and NSDA Student of the Year for S. Colorado.

Nov. 2019–Present

Mercury Free Mining. Geometallurgy Researcher.

Develop and Pilot R&D Program to Reduce Mercury use Within Gold Mining, Analyze Mercury-Free Mineral Processing Methodology, Direct Social Media Strategy, and Contribute to Organizational Strategies.

May 2020/2021–August 2020/2021

Nevada Gold Mines. Mining Engineering Intern.

Contributed to Mine Operations, Planning, Ore Control, Environmental, and Geotech. Tasked with improving operational efficiency. Created a Fragmentation Camera, Automated Drill and Blast QA/QC Program, Automated Short-Term Daily Mapping, and Helped Diagnose Kerogen Encapsulation in Disseminated Carlin-Type Gold Deposit.


Independent Ventures

Where my Ambitions and Passions Come to Fruition

Relevant Courses & Competencies


Economic Mineral Exploration/Prospecting.

Field Experience with Epithermal Systems, Pegmatites (2017-2019), and Carlin-Style Gold Deposits (2020-2021). Conducted Exploration and Mining of Gem Amethyst and Mineral Specimens Underground at the Last Chance Mine, Creede CO (2016).

Public Speaking.

Nationally Competitive Extemporaneous Speaker, Congressional Debater, and Public Forum Debater, 2014-2019. Ranked in the top 100 debaters and lead speech and debate team as president.


Field and Core Logging Experience. Accompanied by Instruction of Dr. Frank Mazdab and Dr. Ananya Mallik at the University of Arizona

Leading Research

Lead the Creation and Deployment of an Ongoing Research Project to Optimize Deployment of Mercury-Free Mineral Processing for ASGM.

Mineral Processing.

Flotation, Grain Size Analysis, Comminution, Zeta Potential Measures, and Minimal Input Tailings Recycling. Field Experience and

Instructed by Dr. Jinhong Zhang.

Media Development/Management.

Social Media Director, Successfully Deployed Websites, Logo Design, Media Creation, Article Writing, and Information Media Creation


Created Fragmentation Camera, Modelled Geophysical Subsurface Features, and Completed Other Geoscientific Inquiry.

Event Creation & Execution.

Coordinated and Deployed Online/In-Person Networking Events, Presentations, Receptions, and Professional Development Events through YMP and MFM.


Extensive Experience with Data Processing, Macro Development, PowerPivot, Graphing, and Chemdraw. Forecasted Haul Truck Cycle for Nevada Gold Mines, Automated QA/QC Processes, and Conducted Statistical Evaluations of Large Data Sets to Improve Mining.

Lapidary Arts.

Created Business, Cholla Lapidary, to Sell Self-Sourced Cabochons, Mineral Specimens, and Other Lapidary Works. Created Unique Agate Mezzanine Knives.


Practiced Producing Models, Surfaces, Plots, and Designing Plans for Goldstrike Open Pit Mine. Created Script for Converting Drone-Produced Point Clouds Into Clean 3D Topo Maps

Additional Software.

Deswik Suite, Microsoft Suite, MineStar, Jigsaw, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Spark, Datawrapper, and Figma.

Additional Courses.

Geophysics, Macro/Micro-Economics, Psychology, Statistics, Political Science, Supply Chain Logistics, Architectural Design, World History, and Logistics Engineering

Sought Projects


Creative Project-Based Problem Solving

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Planning & Execution




Systems Thinking

Calm Under Pressure

Effective Communicator


Interests & Hobbies


Mountain Biking



Machine Tinkering

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Young Mining Professionals Arizona

Founder and President of YMP AZ. We are an professional organization stimulating innovative growth, building relationships, and advancing mining.

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Mercury Free Mining

An innovative non-profit dedicated to sourcing and implementing novel mercury alternatives for artisanal and small-scale gold miners globally.

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Cholla Lapidary

Cholla Lapidary is my cabochon, lapidary art, and mineral specimen business.  It is the result of years of collecting and practicing the lapidary arts.

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Our Resources


Our Resources is my podcast where I have the opportunity to have deep conversations with leaders and deep thinkers throughout mining.