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The 2005 Ivan B. Rahn Education Award  

Awarded To: Bhupendra K. Parekh

"For distinguished contributions to the educational activities within SME relating to ABET, student affairs, continuing education and the Council of Education"
Parekh is a senior research scientist with the University of Kentucky (UK) Center for Applied Energy Research. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mineral processing from The Pennsylvania State University. He also received an M.S. in chemistry from the Vikram University in India. He is an adjunct professor in the Mining Engineering Department at UK and has directed several M.S. and Ph.D. theses. His research interests in-clude minerals beneficiation, secondary metal recovery and industrial water-pollution control. Parekh joined SME in 1969. He has served on several committees and is a distinguished Member of SME. In 2004, he received the AIME Robert H.Richards Award. He is also a member of the American Filtration Society and received the society’s Senior Scientist and Frank Tiller awards. Parekh started his career in 1974 as a research scientist with Battelle Columbus Laboratories. In 1982, he joined Exxon Mineral Company as a principal research scientist. He worked for Exxon until 1984, when he began his work at UK. He has spent more than 30 years in research and development in the coal, metal, and mineral industries. He holds seven patents, three of which achieved commercial success. Parekh has published extensively and is on the editorial boards of several national and international journals.

About The Ivan B. Rahn Education Award:

The Ivan B. Rahn Education Award, established in 1995, recognizes distinguished contributions to the educational activities within SME and is open to all SME members who have shown long-term interest in and have significantly contributed to SME activities relating to ABET, student affairs, continuing education, professional registration, and/or the Council of Education.


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