The 2006 SME Distinguished Member Award
Awarded To: Barbara J. Arnold
In recognition and appreciation of outstanding service to the minerals industry and to the Society.
Dr. Arnold received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mineral Processing from The Pennsylvania State University, specializing in coal froth flotation, fine particle processing, and coal petrology. Her research and development experience has included projects for government and industry funding agencies as well as private companies, and has covered the development of a coal cleaning simulator, coal handling, coal blending, coal cleaning characterizations, and flowsheet evaluations. Her project management experience has included the development and management of project budgets, project schedules, oversight of project personnel, and reporting functions.
Currently, Dr. Arnold is president of PrepTech, Inc., located in Apollo, Pennsylvania. PrepTech offers engineering services to coal companies in the form of balanced flowsheets for preparation plants, bid specification packages, and preparation plant evaluations. In addition, PrepTech is the US representative for Multotec Process Equipment and PrepQuip, both from Spartan, Republic of South Africa. They offer cyclones, spirals, froth flotation columns, and filterpresses to the coal and mineral processing industry. PrepTech also represents CLI Corporation’s CLIMAXX magnetic separator.
Dr. Arnold is the author of over 50 publications, as well as numerous technical reports. She is active in SME’s Coal & Energy Division, serving as chairperson in 2003, and on many other committees for this division, as well as for the Mineral Processing Division. She received the J. W. Woomer Young Engineer Award, from the Coal Division in 1992, as a nominee of the Pittsburgh Section. In addition, she received the Henry DeWitt Smith Trust of AIME Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Mineral Engineering for 1985-1986. She serves on the editorial boards of Mining Engineering, Coal Preparation: A Multinational Journal; and The International Journal of Mineral Processing.
Dr. Arnold is also active with many alumni functions at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a registered professional engineer.
The Distinguished Member Award, established in 1975, is presented to a select few who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating significant and sustained contributions to the minerals industry and to SME. There must be some contributions to both the industry and SME, though significant and sustained contributions can be to either one.