We are excited to profile past winners of the Graduate Impact Scholarship! The Graduate Impact Scholarship is designed to benefit highly motivated and engaged adult learners who value education as a way to improve lives and communities both locally and globally. Learn more about winner Tania Galarce…
Program: Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration in Environmental Management
Career: Mining Engineer
Previous Education: Bachelor of Engineering Science and Mining Engineer from the University of Chile
Mining may run in the family of Tania Galarce, but to become a mining engineer is a rare occurrence for women in Chile. But that didn’t stop Tania, who comes from a long line of miners, including her great-grandfather who died in the “Smoke Tragedy,” where more than 350 miners lost their lives because of a fire inside the El Teniente mine in Chile.
“Gender equity is a recurrent aspect, but it was far from discouraging and instead was an incentive to be part of the new generation of women in mining,” she said. “I chose to be a miner because I enjoy the possibility of having access to a broad knowledge.”
In Chile, Tania worked as a project engineer at Mineria y Medio Ambiente, an engineering consultant office focused on environmental permits for mine projects. Today, Tania looks at the environmental angle of mining and is pursuing education to complement that path.
“Integrating my engineering background with this environmental management program will help me make this industry a sustainable and responsible activity which can co-exist properly together with the environment and communities.”
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