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The 2001 Environmental Distinguished Service Award  

Awarded To: Barbara A. Filas

In recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the development and improvement of environmental professionalism in the minerals industry.
Barbara A. Filas earned a B.S. in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona. She is a Registered Professional Engineer, a certified Environmental Professional and a qualified mine safety instructor. Since 1989 she has held increasingly responsible positions with Knight Piésold and several mining companies. She is currently President of Mining and Environment for Knight Piésold’s global operations. Her consulting experience has taken her to a variety of projects in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Over the years, Filas has been involved with many SME committees and divisions. She represented the Coal Division as a member and Chair of the Professional Registration Committee; on its Executive Committee; and was a member and Chair of its Environmental Unit Committee. She represented the Mining and Exploration Division on its Environment and Reclamation Committee; its Executive Committee; and as a Standby-Alternate to the SME Board of Directors. She was among a group of active promoters for the creation of the Environmental Division, which was successfully established in 1997, and for which she served as Division Chair in its inaugural year. She represented the Environmental Division on its Executive Committee; Planning and Nominating Committee; as a member of the SME Board of Directors; and as the Environmental Division representative on the SME Executive Committee and Nominating Committee. Filas is the 2004 SME President-elect. She is perhaps the only person in SME history to sit on the Executive Committees of three Divisions and represent two Divisions on the SME Board. Also an avid supporter of student activities and career development, she was instrumental in founding the SME Student Mentor Program and served as an ABET Program Evaluator.

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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