Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division

As a member of the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division of SME, you have access to professional networking and leadership opportunities with peers who share your career objectives.

The objectives of the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division are to:

  • Provide a means for cooperation and communication among industry professionals interested in the unit processes and operations of mineral and metallurgical processing;

  • Promote the advancement of mineral and metallurgical technology through related meetings and professional discourse;

  • Stimulate the preparation, reading, discussion and circulation of technical papers on mineral and metallurgical processing;

  • Provide scholarships and awards for students to further the recruitment of new members to the industry.

Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Annual Lunch

This event is a fantastic opportunity for division members to network while supporting the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division scholarships.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

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Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Committees

The Committee shall review the nominations for the Gaudin Award and select the recipient. The Gaudin Award is given for scientific or engineering contributions that further the understanding of the technology of mineral processing. Eligible areas for contributions are agglomeration, classification, comminution, electrical and magnetic separation, flocculation and sedimentation, froth flotation, hydrometallurgy, particulate behavior, and other related mineral processing operations.

Name Position Start End
Robert C. Dunne Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Clifton A Boylston Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
Leonard N. Hill Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
James E. Gebhardt, PE, PHD Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Mr James R. Wickens Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Dr York Smith, PHD Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Dr Mohammad Rezaee Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025

The Taggart Award is made for the paper or series of closely related papers with at least one common author, which, in the opinion of the Committee, represents a notable contribution to the science of mineral processing. The Committee shall review the eligible papers and select the recipient.

Name Position Start End
Qingqing Huang Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr York Smith, PHD Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
Emily A. Sarver Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr. Vishal Gupta Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Andrew P. Cole Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Guikuan Yue Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
D. R. Nagaraj, PHD Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025

Responsible for organizing programming related to hydrometallurgical processing (including leaching, precipitation, ion-exchange, solvent extraction, electrowinning, electrorefining, crystallization) and pyrometallurgical processing (including pyrolysis, roasting calcinations, reduction, smelting and fire refining) and metallurgical-processing fundamentals and principles.

Name Position Start End
Mark Strauss Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Fangyu Liu Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

Responsible for organizing programming related to crushing, grinding, size classification, microwave fracturing, blast fragmentation, instrumentation and process control, particle-size measurement and materials handling in comminution.

Name Position Start End
Omar M. Arafat Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Clifton A Boylston Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

The Committee shall have oversight of all activities within the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division.

Name Position Start End
David G. Meadows Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2025
Dr Tarun Bhambhani Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Christopher A. Noble, PE, PHD Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr. Ronel Kappes Past Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Kimberly D. Mills, PHD Secretary-Treasurer 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr. Jaeheon Lee Associate Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr. Michael L. Free Technical Content Advisor 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mr James R. Wickens Membership Associate 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mr. Robert Nick Gow Technical Program Associate 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Deniz Talan Representative 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Younes Shekarian Representative 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Thomas C. Rauch Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Michael Spicher Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2024
Lix Shirley Tafur Figueroa Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

Responsible for organizing programming related to flotation fundamentals and principles, machine design and hydrodynamics, innovative separation schemes, reagent and flotation chemistry, scale up, bubble-particle interactions and froths, water chemistry and efficiency, gangue and penalty element control, coarse and fine particle recovery.

Name Position Start End
Amir Eskanlou Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Raghav M. Dube Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

The MPD Membership Committee encourages interest and membership in MPD.

Name Position Start End
Christopher A. Noble, PE, PHD Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mr James R. Wickens Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

The Committee shall review the nominations for the Milton E. Wadsworth Award and select the recipient. The Committee is also responsible for soliciting and/or submitting nominations as appropriate/necessary. The Wadsworth Award recognizes distinguished contributions that advance our understanding of the science and technology of nonferrous chemical metallurgy.

Name Position Start End
Dr Michael S. Moats, PHD Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Tim G. Robinson Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
Christine R. Green Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
Dr. Corby G. Anderson Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Dr. Janet Baron Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Scott A. Shuey, PHD, QP Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Mr. Robert Nick Gow Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Carol Kiser SME Staff 03/01/2021 02/28/2050

The MPD Nominating Committee shall recommend to the MPD Executive Committee Chair the members of MPD who will fill the different positions in the MPD committees and as MPD representatives. The Nominating Committee shall obtain acceptance from each nominee and give SME staff the proper name, title and contact information, including email address, for each appointee. The MPD Nominating Committee will contact each individual and confirm his/her willingness to serve.

Name Position Start End
Garland Davis Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Christopher A. Noble, PE, PHD Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2028
David G. Meadows Member 03/01/2020 02/28/2025
Dr. Jaeheon Lee Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2026
Dr Tarun Bhambhani Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2027
Dr. Ronel Kappes Member 03/01/2019 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

Responsible for organizing programming related to gravity concentration, electrical and magnetic separation, ore sorting, solid-liquid separation and other selective physical separations, and materials handling in separation processes.

Name Position Start End
Joelson Alves Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

Responsible for organizing programming related to process-plant operations descriptions and practices, maintenance practices, process improvement and optimization, process instrumentation and control, plant-engineering design, plant construction, process-selection and flow-sheet design, and process economics.

Name Position Start End
Michael Spicher Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Thomas Boundy Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025
Name Position Start End
Dr. Jaeheon Lee Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr Tarun Bhambhani Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mr. Robert Nick Gow Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Dr. Michael L. Free Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Omar M. Arafat Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Amir Eskanlou Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Michael Spicher Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mark Strauss Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Jacob E D McDonald, PHD Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

The Robert H. Richards Award Committee is responsible for reviewing the nominations for the Robert H. Richards Award and selecting the recipient. The Richards Award recognizes achievement in any form which unmistakably furthers the art of mineral beneficiation in any of its branches.

Name Position Start End
David E. Perkins Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Fangyu Liu Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2027
Dr. Hamid Akbari Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2027
Mr James R. Wickens Member 03/01/2020 02/28/2024
Tim G. Robinson Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Dr Joseph Grogan Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2025
Dr. Daniel R. Palo Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2026
Adam R. House, QP Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2026

The Committee shall review all applications for the Klimpel and MPD Scholarships and Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Award and select the recipient(s).

Name Position Start End
Lei Pan Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Amy E. Jacobsen Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Sumedh Gostu Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
Deniz Talan Member 03/01/2023 02/28/2026
Mr James R. Wickens Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Dr Mohammad Rezaee Member 03/01/2021 02/28/2024
Zachery A. Zanetell Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Jordan M. Rutledge Member 03/01/2022 02/28/2025
Carol Kiser SME Staff 03/01/2021 02/28/2050

The MPD Student Poster Contest Committee organizes and encourages student participation in the annual MPD Student Poster Contest. Prizes at the undergraduate level and graduate level are awarded.

Name Position Start End
Zachery A. Zanetell Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Michael Spicher Vice Chair 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Mr James R. Wickens Judge 03/01/2023 02/28/2024
Chee Theng SME Staff 03/01/2015 02/28/2025

Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Awards

Robert H. Richards Award

Robert H. Richards, inventor, author and teacher, was one of America's pre-eminent ore dressing engineers, and he can rightly be called the father of ore dressing in the United States. In 1874, Richards began studies of hydraulic classification that led to his discovery of and extensive research on the phenomenon of hindered settling. Based on these fundamental studies, he developed a series of sizing and concentrating classifiers, the Richards pulsator jig, and the concept of sizing before gravity concentration. In addition to this important research, Richards' encyclopedic, four-volume treatise, Ore Dressing, published in 1909, was the first comprehensive work to codify and publicize all that was known about ore dressing American at that time.

In 1868, Richards was in the first graduating class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Upon graduation, Richards stayed at MIT as an instructor, advancing to the rank of professor in 1884, and served as the head of the department of Mining and Metallurgy until his retirement in 1914. He joined AIME in 1873 and became its president in 1886. AIME honored Richards' memory in 1948 establishing the Robert H. Richards Award as the premier award in the field of ore processing.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Frank F. Aplan Award

The award was established by AIME in 1989 with voluntary contributions of friends and associates as a tribute to Frank F. Aplan for his lifelong productive career in coal and mineral processing research and education. Dr. Aplan was the initial award recipient.

In 2011, AIME transitioned administration of this award to SME.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Antoine M. Gaudin Award

The Antoine M. Gaudin Award, established in 1975, is for scientific or engineering contributions that further understanding of the technology of mineral processing. Eligible areas for contributions are agglomeration, classification, comminution, electrical and magnetic separation, flocculation and sedimentation, froth flotation, hydrometallurgy, particulate behavior, and other related mineral processing operations. There are no limitations regarding nationality, membership in the Institute, or otherwise. The award shall consist of a plaque, appropriately engraved with the name of the award, the name of the recipient, and the citation of the particular achievement for which the award is being conferred. Election to this honor is by the MPD Executive Committee with notification to the SME Executive Committee.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Outstanding Young Engineer Award

The MPD Outstanding Young Engineer Award, established in 1984, recognizes significant contribution of a young individual within the Mineral Processing/Extractive discipline. The nominee must be less than 36 years of age before January 1st of the year the award is presented.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Arthur F. Taggart Award

The Arthur F. Taggart Award, established in 1970, is made for the paper or series of closely related papers with at least one common author, which in the opinion of the Committee represents a notable contribution to the science of minerals processing. The selection shall be made from papers on mineral processing, published in Minerals and Metallurgical Processing Journal, Mining Engineering, Transactions, or any other appropriate SME publication published within the year preceding the Award. For the purpose of this Award, an Award year shall be considered to run from June 1 to May 31. The Award shall be presented at the next Annual Meeting of the Division. Nominations cannot be accepted, view the guidelines for the procedure.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Milton E. Wadsworth Award

The Milton E. Wadsworth Metallurgy Award, established in 1992, recognizes distinguished contributions that advance our understanding of the science and technology of non-ferrous chemical metallurgy.

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Robert H. Richards Award

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Robert H. Richards Award

Nominations for this award will open on 04/01/2024

Robert H. Richards Award

Nominations for this award will open on 04/01/2025

Frank F. Aplan Award

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Frank F. Aplan Award

Nominations for this award are currently closed.

Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Scholarships

MPD Div & Richard Klimpel Memorial Scholarship

The Richard Klimpel/MPD Scholarships are open to undergraduate or graduate students to students interested in pursuing careers in the area of mineral and metallurgical processing. To submit an anonymous recommendation letter for a student, please email it to scholarships@smenet.org with the student's first and last name and the scholarship name as the file name.

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship in Metallurgical Engineering

Dr. Rong Yu Wan (1932-2009) was an internationally renowned metallurgist and 22-year member of SME. During her career, Dr. Wan not only made many important contributions in the field of metallurgical engineering but also tirelessly mentored many young scientists and students. The Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship will be presented annually to a recent Ph.D. recipient for outstanding dissertation research in the general area of metallurgical engineering (that is, mineral processing, hydrometallurgy or extractive metallurgy, etc.). To submit an anonymous recommendation letter for a student, please email it to scholarships@smenet.org with the student's first and last name and the scholarship name as the file name.

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

MPD Div & Richard Klimpel Memorial Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

MPD Div & Richard Klimpel Memorial Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

MPD Div & Richard Klimpel Memorial Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship in Metallurgical Engineering

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship in Metallurgical Engineering

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship in Metallurgical Engineering

Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.

Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Scholarship in Metallurgical Engineering

The application period for this scholarship will begin on 09/01/2024