The 2004 President’s Citation Award
Awarded To: Raymond L. Lowrie
“For leading SME’s Professional Registration Committee through its most challenging years and for editing SME’s first award-winning, best-selling book, the SME Mining Reference Handbook. The society is indebted to Ray Lowrie for diplomatically satisfying the requirements of NCEES while preserving the interests of SME. He has helped fulfill the society’s mission through technology transfer and service to the entire mining/minerals engineering profession”
Lowrie served as SME’s Professional Registration Coordinator from 1997 to 2003, a period of substantial change in the national requirements to become a registered professional mining/mineral engineer. Also, he was editor of SME’s Mining Reference Handbook, which was recognized in 2004 as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice Magazine, a publication of the American Library Association.
Lowrie received a BS from Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) in 1960 and an MS from Colorado School of Mines in 1972 and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War.
He started in the mining industry as a development miner in an underground hardrock mine in Colorado and then worked as an engineer in two underground coal mines in Oklahoma. He served as a mining engineer for the former U.S. Bureau of Mines in Denver, CO and Washington, D.C.; and became Chief of the Bureau’s Intermountain Field Operations Center in Denver. He was Chief of Reclamation for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in Columbus, OH. He retired from the Interior Department’s Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement as an Assistant Director after heading its offices in Kansas City, MO, Pittsburgh, PA, and Denver, CO.
Lowrie is a registered professional engineer in Texas. He received the Hubert E. Risser Award for outstanding work in mineral economics (1971) and was named to Who’s Who in the East (1985) and Who’s Who in the West (1988).
The President’s Citation, established in 1978, recognizes a significant individual contribution culminating in the SME year of tenure of the selecting President. The award consists of a presentation case with a certificate on one side and the citation on the other. Recipients of this award shall be the personal selection of the President of the Society.