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The 2009 MII Outstanding Achievement Award  

Awarded To: K. Marc Le Vier

K. Marc Le Vier is senior director of Metallurgical Research and Development for Newmont Mining in Englewood, CO. He is a past chair and current board member of the Mineral Information Institute (Mii) and was instrumental in facilitating the merger of Mii with the SME Foundation. Le Vier has worked in the mining industry for over 35 years in operations, equipment engineering, sales and process research and development. He obtained his B.S. (1971) and M.S. (1977) degrees in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is currently a member of the SME Board of Directors and has previously served as chair of the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division’s (MPD) Executive Committee. He has also served the division as chair of the Nominating Committee, a member of the Sustainable Development Program Committee and the Marketing and Outreach Committee. He continues to serve on the Colorado MPD Planning Committee and is a past president of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. He has served on the Montana Tech and Michigan Tech Engineering Advisory Boards. Le Vier has received the AIME James Douglas Gold Medal, the SME Distinguished Member Award and an SME President's Citation.

About The MII Outstanding Achievement Award:

In September 2011, the SME Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted to create the Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) to further unify and strengthen the development, production and distribution of credible and objective mining and mineral education programs and activities. The MEC is comprised of SME’s former GEM and Mii Programs and is intended to also leverage new strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations. It is envisioned that the MEC will help to create an enlightened and supportive public that appreciates the importance of mining and minerals to their lives and their lifestyles.

Starting in 2012, SME will not be making any additional GEM or Mii Awards. The Minerals Education Coalition Committee has designated four Award categories to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations which have significantly aided in its activities and programs.

Please click here to go to the MEC Awards page.

The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual, company or organization which has shown and/or demonstrated exceptional leadership, devoted service, continuous support of time and/or donations to the endeavors and mission of the Mineral Information Institute.

Established in 2009, following the merger with the SME Foundation, this award is made in recognition of outstanding support and contributions to the Mineral Information Institute (Mii). The first recipient was K. Marc LeVier in February 2009.


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