Welcome Two New Hires to our Mining & Energy Team in Reno, NV
Mine Development Associates, a division of RESPEC Company LLC, is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Jeff Bickel and Mr. Mike Ressel to our existing team of geologists and engineers in Reno, Nevada.
“Jeff and Mike bring unprecedented expertise to our mining team. Their combined subject-matter expertise enhances RESPEC/MDA’s already deep and comprehensive capabilities for geologic resource modeling, mineral-resource assessments, and overall project management,” says John Morgan, Senior Vice President of Mining & Energy.
RESPEC/MDA welcomes Mr. Jeff Bickel from Excelsior Mining Corp. in Arizona, where he held the titles of Technical Services Manager, Geology Superintendent, and Senior Geologist. During his time in Arizona, Mr. Bickel developed expertise in exploring and developing copper deposits. His competencies include geological modeling, managing drill programs, mine planning, and the technical aspects of in situ mining. His experience with in situ mining involved transdisciplinary projects that integrated geology, hydrogeology, metallurgy, mine permitting, environmental studies, and operational data management. Mr. Bickel received his Bachelor of Science degree in geological sciences from Arizona State University.
Mr. Bickel will expand RESPEC/MDA’s capabilities to include in situ mining expertise and augment RESPEC/MDA’s capabilities in developing client’s geologic resource models, resource estimates, and assisting with all aspects of project development.
Mr. Mike Ressel most recently worked as an economic geologist and assistant professor for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where he led field-based studies and published several papers on Great Basin ore deposits, conducted quadrangle mapping, taught courses and advised graduate and undergraduate students in economic geology, and engaged in extensive public service. Before his time at UNR, Mr. Ressel spent more than 15 years working in mining and exploration. He was Chief Geologist of North America for Newmont for several years, following extensive work in mine production and development as well as near-mine and generative exploration for Newmont, Kinross, and Victoria Resources in the Great Basin, Alaska, and other parts of the US; western Canada; Mexico; Mauritania; and Australia. He also worked for 5 years in geotechnical and groundwater consulting. Mr. Ressel obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from UNR and is a fellow with the Society of Economic Geologists, a certified Professional Geologist from the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and active in many professional geoscience and mining organizations.
At RESPEC/MDA, Mr. Ressel will be involved in various aspects of mineral-resource assessments, from data collection and validation to geologic and resource modeling and estimation.