The 2005 A. Frank Alsobrook Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Distinguished Service Award
Awarded To: Sarkis G. Ampian
"In recognition of significantly contributions to the workings of SME and the Industrial Minerals Division; and outstanding reputation for professionalism and accomplishments"
Sark Ampian, an Industrial Minerals consultant and geochemist, retired from the late U.S. Bureau of Mines after nearly forty years service. Sark served both in supervisory and non-supervisory roles in the Bureau’s Research and Commodity Groups. His work always stemmed from his original training as a Geologist – Chemist/Petrographer and successfully used mineralogical characterization schemes in determining the solid-state, fusion, and leaching reactions attending alumina recovery from non-bauxitic oil shales, clays, feldspars, and fly ash resources. Sark’s Commodity Group work centered on monitoring all domestic and offshore clay, oil shale, zircon, barium and strontium, and drilling-mud activities. Sark also served as a Principal Mineralogist in the Bureau’s out-research to all Federal, State and International Regulatory Agencies, both publishing and lecturing the Department of Interior’s position on asbestos, crystalline silica, and clay locatable matters. His colleagues, then and now, have been Bill Miles, Slim Thompson, Fred Heivilin, Bill Moll, and JM’s Bob Hamilton.
Sark’s consultancy has centered on BLM locatable matters, clay sourcing, and asbestos and crystalline silica matters. He has published and lectured internationally on these topics. Presently, Sark is limiting his activities to crystalline silica and representing the major producer and marketer of Pet Litters – Nestle Purina PetCare, Inc. – and is also its Technical Advisor and representative on the Sorptive Minerals Institute’s Technical Committee. In 1998, the SMI secured a Prop 65 Safe Use Determination, exempting the Institute’s Pet Litter producers and marketers from labeling their products as containing
‘Hazardous Respirable Crystalline Silica’ in California.
The Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division Distinguished Service Award, established in 1995, recognizes members who have significantly contributed to the workings of SME and the Industrial Minerals & Aggregates Division; and have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and accomplishments.