Meet Matt Warnert

Hi Everyone, if we haven’t met my name is Matt Warnert.  I live in Elko, Nevada with my wife, soon to be one-year-old daughter, needy but lovable dog, and very elderly cat.  I am a professional chemical engineer and project manager.  I work at a gold mine currently managing large capital projects.  I also have been involved with ore processing and gold recovery.  I am currently in my last semester of graduate school for my executive MBA.

As you read this blog you are going to learn about efficiency.  Efficiency is something I think about on a daily basis and I want to change how you think about every interaction you have with the world and wonder how it could go better. The simple definition of efficiency is really just a measure of how much output you get for a given amount of input at a single point in time. The idea is generally used in engineering settings to benchmark certain processes, but it also has applications across everything we do. I know efficiency sounds like a pretty mundane and boring term engineers use to describe how well something is working, but if you make conscious decisions to improve efficiency, over time the compounding effects can have a dramatic impact on everything you do.

Knowing how efficiently something is running at a single point in time is a meaningless number unless you have context to the situation. That is why it is very important that you measure and understand how efficient you currently are and periodically review that to see if you improving over time.

I intend to cover ways to improve your efficiency in the use of your time, capital, and skills. In some way, shape, or form everyone has at least one item on that list they want to do better at. By using a systematic and structured approach to efficiency improvement everyone can lead a life that more like the ideal one they envision.

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2 thoughts on “Meet Matt Warnert”

  1. Great opening post, Matt. I like the picture with the open pit mine in the background. How big and deep is that mine? In your previous work experiences in ore processing and gold recovery, what was the typical efficiency of those processes?

    1. Hey Erik, The pit you see in the background is about 1200 feet deep and a little over a mile in diameter. Efficiency for individual unit operations varies greatly depending on the which one we are talking about. There are some parts where almost all the energy consumed is converted into useful work and other like grinding where also none of the energy consumed is converted into useful work. Instead of the energy going to into breaking the rocks it goes into mixing, noise, and heat.

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