The 2013 MEC Leadership Award
Awarded To: Julie C. Lucas
Julie Lucas graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD) with a B.S. Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an M.S. in Water Resources Science. Her introduction to mining began in her first job as a Water Resources Scientist for an environmental consulting firm that provided services to the mines located throughout the Iron Range of Minnesota. Julie also worked as an Adjunct Biology and Chemistry Instructor at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Virginia, Minnesota. Through these jobs, Julie developed an appreciation of mining, and in 2008 she joined the environmental team at Hibbing Taconite Company, an 8 million long ton iron ore mining, beneficiating, and pelletizing facility managed by Cliffs Natural Resources. She is currently the Environmental Manager.
Julie is passionate about educating the community regarding the importance of mining and its role in the world. Since 2011, she has served as the Chair of the Northern MN Subsection of SME, which conducts outreach to the community through participation in several events, including the Iron Range Earth Fest, the Iron Range Science and Engineering Festival and the Engineering, Cool! program held at a local elementary school.
In addition to her role in SME, Julie is on the Board of Directors for the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability, serving as the Treasurer. She is also a member of the Engineer's Club of Northern Minnesota. Julie also volunteers for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Frog and Toad Survey program and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Citizen Lake Monitoring Program. Julie and her husband Matt live in Side Lake, Minnesota where they manage to spend every free minute outside enjoying Northern Minnesota's lakes and forests.
Presenter (on left) is Jessica Kogel, 2013 SME President
This Award will honor an individual SME member who has provided leadership to advance the mission of the MEC and has been involved in the delivery of its programs and/or activities. The MEC Leadership Award will be a customized Prazen bronze engraved plaque with a raised MEC mountain logo and $750 in cash. The awardee may decide to spend it in ways to continue his or her education outreach activities or donate it to their charity of choice engaged in MEC-type education and outreach related to minerals and mining. If he or she does choose to accept the funds for himself or herself, SME will be required to file an IRS Form 1099 for them at the end of the year ($600 is the federal limit at this time which requires us to send a 1099).