The 1988 M&E Distinguished Service Award
Awarded To: Ta M. Li
For outstanding contributions to the M&E Division programs and activities.
Ta M. Li has been an engineer, editor, marketing specialist and political activist. During his 30-year mining career, Li has also demonstrated his commitment to educating the public and those within the mining profession about issues affecting the industry. He served as editor for two major mining industry publications. His political and association activities included being president of the Northwest Mining Association, chairman of the board for the Colorado Mining Association, and president and founder of the Denver Gold Group. Ta has received the SME Distinguished Member award, SME Mining & Exploration Distinguished Service Award, Northwest Mining Life Member and other honors. He served as President of SME in 2001.
Born in Manhattan, NY, Ta graduated with a B.S. in mining engineering from the Henry Krumb School of Mines of Columbia University in 1970. Li was attracted to mining at an early age when he received a “Careers in Mining” brochure from AIME. After graduation, Li worked for Kennecott Copper in Bingham Canyon, UT. Then he worked for Engineering & Mining Journal and Mining Engineering. As time went on, he returned to mining engineering for Golder Associates. He eventually served in marketing positions for Pincock, Allen & Holt, Behre Dolbear, and ACZ.
Li also put in a stint with a Canadian junior venture company. He served as President and CEO of Anglo-Andean Explorations, with properties in Venezuela and Peru. Since 1997, he has been with Washington Group International. Here, he is responsible for marketing research and business development efforts in contract mining, engineering, procurement and construction management services for mineral project development.
The Mining & Exploration Division Service Award, established in 1985, honors members of SME (with the exception of all M&E Division Officers at the time they hold office) who have made outstanding contributions to the M&E Division in its programs or other activities.