Insight 5th Ed._Roger Austin Newell

with the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, and since 2009, he has served as the director of the National Mining Hall of Fame. How have you navigated disruptions in your industry to remain a top professional? I stayed connected with my colleagues and my network. I also read a lot of trade magazines as new engineering developments arose, and I maintained my own physical well-being. What are two key behaviors/personality traits that allow you to be effective in your role? Curiosity about new developments. I had an early realization of the importance of computers in our industry, and now that has manifested in the adoption of holograms, and we’re training operators with new equipment. Recognizing the importance of advancements in technology was key. What is the most important issue/challenge you are dealing with in your industry? The cost aspect is always a challenge, such as the cost of producing our products. Currently, the supply chain is a challenge as well. We need supplies to run a business, and a lot of times those supplies are delayed or maybe not available at all, so those are huge challenges. And then there are the issues with power. We are pretty well set with power in the United States, but there are a lot of places around the world where power is not reliable. How do you feel your industry has changed/evolved? The industry has become more automated, with a lot of the mining operations now being controlled by a central computerized console. There are also fewer people involved in the actual excavation of the minerals. Automation is a way to reduce costs, and it is better for the miners. The availability of computers has evolved for that to take place — we recognized a long time ago that automation would be beneficial, even though the computing power wasn’t there, but now it has risen to meet demands, so we can make these automated changes. Fifth Edition Marquis Who’s Who INSIGHT 15 INSIGHT MARQUIS WHO′S WHO FIFTH EDITION