WIM Arizona is proud to celebrate the chapter’s founder and Past President, Rosa Maria Rojas Espinoza, as one of this year’s 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining.
Rosa started her career as mine operations supervisor in Peru and Chile before moving to the U.S. in 2011 to join the Mine Intelligence Resource Group (MIRG) at the University of Arizona (UA) as a graduate research assistant. In 2013, she moved to Freeport-McMoRan’s Central Mine Planning Office in Tucson and then to the Morenci mine. Rosa returned to her UA in 2017 as an assistant professor of practice to lead the UA’s Mining 360 program. Today, Rosa works in mining education, digital transformation in mining and integrated mine planning in her role at the UA and currently supporting the Geotechnical Center of Excellence at the IMR. She hasn’t forgotten her days as the only female team member at the underground mine she worked in, an experience that led to her founding WIM Arizona in 2019. “I was judged by my appearance and age and not my technical and leadership abilities. I had to learn to overcome these obstacles, forge my character and demonstrate my ability and contribution to the industry,” she says.