Student Spotlight: Miguel Pugmire, Engineering, Business and Entrepreneurship '18

Student Spotlight: Miguel Angel Pugmire, Mining & Geological Engineering, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship '18
February 12, 2018

6 Questions with Miguel Angel Pugmire, Mining & Geological Engineering, Business Management, and Entrepreneurship '18

New Venture Development Program

The McGuire New Venture Development Program is a yearlong competitive-entry program that empowers students from across the University of Arizona to team up to build a new venture from the ground up. 


A. I became interested in entrepreneurship once I started to take classes in Eller. I had realized the many innovative and available technologies being created at the University of Arizona and how it can help the mining industry. 

Q. Why were you interested in the McGuire New Venture Development Program?

A. I had heard of the McGuire New Venture Development Program from a UA alumni that graduated from the Mining & Geological Engineering Department. He said that the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge that he gained while being in the program has furthered his professional career. Hearing about the benefits and experiences about the program made me incredibly interested in it.

Q. How do you plan to use your entrepreneurship education? 

A. I plan to use my entrepreneurial education to benefit the mining and minerals industry as well as the local Tucson community. With my team’s current venture there is a possibility to reduce the environmental footprint from both the mining and energy industries and Tucson’s expanding infrastructure.

Q. How does entrepreneurship compliment the rest of your studies? 

A. The NVD Program is complementing my business and engineering studies by coalescing them into one. With the venture that I am working with I get the opportunity to use my engineering skills and knowledge by working in a lab. My business skills and knowledge help by creating our venture’s business plan, financial statements and marketing plan.

Q. What is your dream career? 

A. My dream career is to become a leader in the mining and minerals industry to help developing countries further their capabilities in utilizing their resources.

Q. What activities are you involved in outside of class? (Clubs, events, co-curricular activities, leadership positions, jobs, internships, etc.)

A. I am the President of the UA Chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. It is an international professional organization that focuses on the mining and minerals industry. In December 2017 we had our annual golf tournament fundraiser where we raised over $40,000 and will plan to use those funds to send our student members to the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, MN.