- Mining Education
- Engineering Education
Donna Beneteau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained her B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1990. After working in backfill research at the Noranda Technology Centre, as a mine engineer at Holloway Mine, and in consulting at Ionic Engineering, she returned to school. She obtained her M.Sc. in Mineral Resources Engineering at Laurentian University in 2012.
Donna was originally hired at the University of Saskatchewan as a research engineer working in the rock mechanics laboratory of the Department of Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering. In 2015, she was hired as a full-time instructor as the result of the mining industry funding the College of Engineering to develop the mining options. In 2020, she moved into an Academic Professor Appointment (APA) position. She teaches undergraduate students in 2nd through 4th year engineering and her focus in on the mining industry. She also supervises the Rock Mechanics Laboratory.
Donna is very passionate about outreach and public education. She stays in close contact with the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Mining Engineering Program as this allows for synergies with shared laboratory and teaching resources. She volunteers with CIM Saskatoon Branch, CIM National, and WIM/WiN-SK because she wants to give students the information and contacts they need to consider mining as a possible education and career choice. Industry contacts are great supporters of our program as they provide guest lecturers, sessional instructors, design projects, and possible research. Her passion project at the moment is to engage the mining industry, through the CIM, in completing a historical Canadian mining database.