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The 2013 Environmental Distinguished Service Award  

Awarded To: Linda A. Figueroa

Linda Figueroa is a Professor at the Colorado School of Mines and leads a group focused on metal and radionuclide biogeochemistry and remediation for industry and government agencies. She is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience environmental engineering. Professor Figueroa graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS Degree in Civil Engineering. She earned a MS degree and her doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Specialization. She is a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of California. She worked for 5 years with civil and environmental engineering consulting firms after receiving her BS Degree.

She returned to graduate school and where she specialized in the treatment of water and waste. She joined the Colorado School of Mines in 1990 to build an environmental engineering program. At the Colorado School of Mines, she realized her passion for integrating environmental engineering fundamentals with mining. Her research became focused on understanding biological, chemical and physical mechanisms for metal removal in order to expand the toolbox of innovative treatment technologies. Professor Figueroa has served as principal investigator a number of projects with federal, state and private entities to develop passive remediation technologies for metal and radionuclide-impacted sites. She became an active member in the environmental division of SME in order to promote outreach and technology transfer to the mining and environmental arena. Her students were recipients of SME Environmental Division outstanding paper awards in 2011 and 2013.

Dr. Figueroa currently is the Associate Director for the Nuclear Science and Engineering Center and Director for the Laboratory for Applied and Environmental Radiochemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. She is the current steering committee chair of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative – Metal Mining Sector which is finalizing it’s last workbooks on Management Technologies for Metal Mining Influenced Water for publication by SME. She co-chaired the 2013 Annual Symposium of the International Mine Water Association where she gave a keynote address on “Mine Water Treatment Trends of the 21st Century”. She is also a technical advisor to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Uranium Production Network for Education and Training.

About The Environmental Distinguished Service Award:

The Environmental Division Distinguished Service Award, established in 2001, recognizes members who have significantly contributed to the workings of SME and the Environmental Division and have an outstanding reputation for professionalism and accomplishment.


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