Malcolm Scoble holds a B.Sc. in Mining from the Camborne School of Mines, UK, an M.Sc. in Mining Geology and Exploration from Leicester University, UK, and a Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics from Nottingham University, UK, where he was also a lecturer. While working for the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company (HBM+S) in Canada he was involved in the formation of the company's first computer group. He was trained by IBM as a systems analyst, and started to apply himself to developing mainframe computer applications for the mines.
He was Director of the Mining Engineering Program at McGill University in Montreal for 9 years, and holder of the endowed Webster Chair in Mining Engineering from 1990 through 1997. He was associated with the establishment of the Cooperative Program in Mining Engineering (the first Co-op degree at McGill). Over the years at McGill, much of his mining automation research efforts were expended in collaboration with Inco Ltd. and Laurentian University in Sudbury. In 1996 he was appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at Laurentian University in Sudbury. He also acted as Director and Secretary-Treasurer of McGill's Small Mining International (SMI), a non-profit organization serving artisanal mining in developing countries.
He is currently the Head of the Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he still assists in supervising some research students. His teaching is in mining technology, automation, feasibility studies and surface mining, and he has become involved as the Program Leader of an application to the Federal government for the establishment of a national Network for Sustainable Mining. He is a professional engineer in the province of British Columbia and a chartered engineer in the European Economic Community. He is a firm supporter of our industry associations, particularly the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, as well as the Mining Association of British Columbia.