A Canadian Professor of Mining Engineering opened a way for major research projects to TalTech
Tallinn University of Technology was given a chance to participate in major European research projects, as a Canadian professor of mining engineering who started work in TalTech last year was chosen as a member of the European innovation network committee.
According to Renno Veinthal, TalTech Vice-Rector of Research, the fact that Michael Hitch, Professor of Mining Engineering, was chosen as a member of the committee of the raw materials innovation network of the European Innovation and Technology Institute (EIT) is a significant accomplishment for the whole university. ‘The raw materials network of EIT includes international large corporations and most prominent European universities, research institutions, and geological surveys. It is the largest raw materials network in the world financing innovation projects and improving professional training and entrepreneurship,” Veinthal elaborated.
‘We have been part of the raw materials network of EIT since 2015 and have participated in enterprise-oriented innovation projects as well as in initiatives for improving training. For example, students can now experience mining processes in virtual reality and learn how to store and model information gathered from boreholes,’ Veinthal said.
According to Veinthal, a researcher of the university becoming a member of the committee means an even more intense cooperation and a chance to contribute more into the development of mineral resources and raw materials. ‘The fact that Professor Hitch was chosen as a member of the raw materials committee of the EIT improves cooperation opportunities for students and professors of TalTech as well as Estonian mining engineering enterprises,’ Veinthal assured.
The renowned Canadian researcher Michael Hitch became the Professor of Mining Engineering in TalTech in the fall of 2018. ‘I am grateful for the opportunity to work with my colleagues from TalTech and other partners of the EIT network. As a member of the committee, I can share my knowledge to contribute to the greatest raw materials network in the world and make sure that TalTech is included in the network’s activities,” Professor Hitch added.
The European Innovation and Technology Institute was established in 2008 to enhance cooperation between innovation, research, and manufacturing, and it now includes eight sectoral innovation networks. Tallinn University of Technology belongs to two networks: EIT Digital focussing on information technology development and EIT Raw Materials involving the whole value chain from geological studies and mining to a circular economy of products. The EIT Raw Materials network includes 315 European universities, research institutions, and major enterprises. TalTech’s training and research activities also cover six other fields: EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Health, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing, and EIT Urban Mobility.