Allison Hagerman
Allison Hagerman
Mine Engineer, Freeport McMoRan

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Biography
Hello! My name is Allison and I am a Mining Engineer. You may be asking, "why did you choose engineering?" or "how did you decide on mining?", so I am here to tell you why I admire both. It all started at the University of Arizona. I was uncertain about enrolling in engineering classes, but I soon discovered that I loved the challenge. Engineering wasn't easy for me; however, I knew that getting an engineering degree would provide me with a higher chance at getting a job, possibly traveling, and working in the field. Now that I had chosen engineering, I had to declare which type of engineering I wanted to spend my ENTIRE career doing. Needless to say, I was a little hesitant, so I decided to go to an "Engineering Fair" ( U of A holds this fair for the freshman/sophomores twice a year). Each field of engineering has a booth and it is a great way to meet older students who have had a similar experience. Anyways, to make a long story short, I walked away interested in mining. It seemed like a close knit group - both faculty and students, and there were many examples of internships. So from that day, I submerged myself in mining. Fortunately, U of A has their own mine that students work at, similar to a laboratory. I was able to get "hands-on" experience and meet many students and professionals. During my college career, I worked as a summer intern for ASARCO and Rio Tinto. Since graduation in 2013, I have worked for Freeport and have loved the opportunities that I have been given. I have traveled to Chile, Peru, and all over Arizona. I did mine planning, and am currently in Slope Stability. I work closely with all different departments and continue to meet new people everyday. I know it was a lot of information, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Good luck, Allison
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Education
BS in Mining Engineering
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
Latest Questions
  • Esmeralda, Los Angeles

    Added Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    What is the most challenging part about being an engineer?
    Answers 1
    Allison Hagerman, Freeport McMoRan
    Answered Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11:14 PM
    Hi Esmeralda,
    In my opinion, the most challenging parts of my career are usually the most exciting. As a mining engineer in a large mining company, I need to be able to travel, change departments, and/or move (usually to remote areas) at anytime on VERY ...
  • Morgan, Pennsylvania

    Added Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Why is it that guys always think girls cant do everything that they can?
    Answers 1
    Allison Hagerman, Freeport McMoRan
    Answered Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 4:37 PM
    Hi Morgan! 
    Thank you for your question. I promise that you will find men, both in the workforce and/or at school, that will believe that women are just as capable as men. Now, if you are finding yourself in a position where there are specific men that ...
  • Samantha

    Added Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your site, and I love it. My question is, do you have any advice for what I can do to change into an engineering field? I see most people are either about to go to college or already have a degree in engineering. I got my BA in Linguistics. By my final year, I realized (too late) that I wasn't interested in being a language teacher or to go into marketing. I want to be a part of creating solutions to our global issues in the environment. (I find that I'm pretty ...
    Answers 1
    Allison Hagerman, Freeport McMoRan
    Answered Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:43 PM
    Hi Samantha,
    My best advice is to talk to the Department Head of which ever college/university you'd like to attend. Since you are interested in "global issues", maybe Industrial Hygiene, Water Resources Engineering (which I think is a branch off of ...
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