The 2013 MPD Outstanding Young Engineer Award
Awarded To: Tarun Bhambhani
Tarun holds a bachelors’ degree in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Tech, a masters' degree in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a PhD degree at Columbia part-time. He is a research metallurgist in Cytec Industries Inc.’s mineral processing chemicals R&D group, a position he has held since September 2006.
Tarun has worked on the development of several novel technologies to meet the needs of the mineral processing industry. He has been part of the team developing a novel flotation collector for the Au and PGM industry, which is now widely accepted and used at many operations globally. He has also worked on reagents to enhance flotation performance of difficult-to-treat ores, particularly those containing problematic non-sulfide gangue minerals. He is currently developing and implementing new collectors with a better SHE profile for base and precious metals flotation.
Tarun has been part of Cytec's collaborative research programs with several major mining companies, including Vale Canada, Freeport McMoRan, Barrick, Newmont, Rio Tinto, BHP and Anglo Platinum. As part of this program, in collaboration with Columbia University and JKMRC, the team developed a scientific understanding of the challenges associated with certain problematic gangue minerals. Tarun has co-authored several journal articles on this topic.
Tarun is also a two-time recipient of Cytec’s Leonardo Da Vinci Innovation award. He is an active reviewer for the International Journal of Mineral Processing, and has reviewed over 40 manuscripts. He is a co-inventor on two sets of patents. He has published and presented at the SME technical sessions in 2010, 2011, and 2012, the Conference of Metallurgists in 2010, Flotation 2011 and 2013, and the IMPC 2012. Tarun is an active member of the SME; he has chaired the Research and Characterization sub-committee of the MPD from 2011-2014, and is a member of the Online learning committee. He has also mentored many summer students at Cytec's Technology Center in Stamford. Tarun finds great joy in working on difficult challenges in mineral processing, and he looks forward to a rewarding career by developing and implementing technologies to address the minerals industry's many unmet needs.
Presenter (on left) is Corby G. Anderson, 2013 MPD Chair
The MPD Outstanding Young Engineer Award, established in 1984, recognizes significant contribution of a young individual within the Mineral Processing/Extractive discipline.