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The 2009 SME Distinguished Member Award  

Awarded To: Rong-Yu Wan

Rong-Yu Wan is an independent metallurgical consultant. She retired from Newmont Mining Corporation, where she was the chief research scientist -hydrometallurgy and the metallurgy research manager. She has served as an adjunct professor in the metallurgical engineering department of the University of Utah since 1987. Prior to this, she was a research professor in the metallurgical engineering department, University of Utah; supervisor and manager of the extractive metallurgy division, Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Beijing, China. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from Chiao Tung University, Shanghai, China and Ph.D. in metallurgy from the University of Utah. She has directed and managed research/development projects; provided engineering supervision from research fundamentals through pilot plant studies up to commissioning and operations support. Her current technical interests include developing new processes in the areas of metals recovery and environmental technologies. Wan has written more than 80 technical publications and has been awarded seven patents. She has received numerous professional society / institutional awards and served on boards, panels and committees for the National Academies, Department of Energy and other organizations. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2000.

About The SME Distinguished Member Award:

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.


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