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Expert in Engineering: Mining, Minerals, Metallurgy, Chemicals, Materials, and Energy- Especially Fuels

Expert ID: 724749 Montana, USA

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Expert is a professionally registered engineer with 28 years of experience in process, chemical and metallurgical engineering, engineering services, research, consulting and industrial plant operations.
Experienced and trained in pyrometallurgy, he also has extensive industrial experience in hydrometallurgy, electrometallurgy, environmental metallurgy and mineral processing. He has developed and implemented novel hydrometallurgical technologies for pressure leaching, vat leaching, precious metal recovery, base metal recovery, process control, separations, purifications, refining and electrolysis.
His current global assignments include projects in Namibia, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Peru, Philippines, New Guinea, A frica and Australia. He has been responsible for lab work, pilot plant work, research, process development, engineering design, start-up, operations, management, corporate budgeting, contracting and environmental affairs for mineral processing and hydrometallurgical plants producing silver, PGM's, gold, antimony, nickel, cobalt, zinc, germanium, gallium and copper.
He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers and presentations and holds several international patents. He has served successfully as an expert witness on several international mining cases. Currently, he serves as a director of two publicly traded mining companies in the US and Canada and he owns a successful private consulting engineering business.

As a Full Research Professor in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at his current university, he has directed or co-directed 4 Ph.D. candidates and 14 M.Sc. candidates. He also teaches Mineral and Metallurgical Engineering fundamentals to candidates specifically seeking Professional Engineering registration as well as to Registered Mineral Examiner candidates with the Department of the Interior.


He is active in many professional organizations including participation as an SME Director and Vice President, as an IPMI Director, as a Trustee for North West Mining Association and as a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He is a Founding Registered Member of SME and a Qualified Professional with MMSA. He also participates with the National Materials Advisory Board, The National Academy of Science, The National Research Council, The National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering.


In 1996 he was awarded the Extraction and Processing Technology Award from TMS. In 1999 and 2004, he was the Technical Chairman for the 23 rd and 28th annual International Precious Metals Institute meetings. In 2001, he was a Co-organizer of a TMS International Symposium on Cyanide. In 2002 he was a Co-editor and Organizer for the Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice & Control International Symposium. Also, in 2002 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Montana Tech. In 2003 he was a Co-organizer of the Fifth International Ian Ritchie Symposium on Hydrometallurgy as well as for the Symposium on Global Development of Copper and Gold Deposits.


In 2005 he is co-chairman for the Northwest Mining Association Annual Meeting and an invited plenary speaker at the 27 th meeting of the Institute of Mining Engineers of Peru. In 2005 he received the Distinguished Researcher Award from Montana Tech. In 2006 he was the chairman for the Northwest Mining Association meeting held for the first time in Reno, Nevada. For that effort he received the NWMA Presidents Award. In 2007 he will serve as co-Chairman for a joint SME-TMS-IPMI Precious Metals Symposium. In 2008 he will once again serve as a co-organizer for the Sixth International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy. Lastly, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to serve on a BLM Resource Advisory Committee.


Nitrogen Species Catalyzed Pressure Leaching of a Copper Enargite Concentrate, Sociedad Minera El Brocal, S.A.A., Peru: Direction of s study to optimize the successful application of NSC pressure leaching to a copper and arsenic bearing concentrate. Capital and operating costs estimates were determined. Ore Characterization and Process Development for the Cerro de Pasco Silver Deposit, Pan American Silver, Peru: Direction of a comprehensive study to characterize silver ore and develop metallurgical process for production. Industrial Zinc Plant Due Diligence, Diligence Incorporated, USA: A processing engineering review of the design and operation of a zinc hydrometallurgical plant. Review of Alkaline Sulfide Treatment of Antimony and Arsenic from Smelting Products; TECK-Cominco, Canada: A study of the application of industrial alkaline sulfide hydrometallurgy to existing smelter products containing arsenic and antimony. Mercury Due Diligence and Deportment, CVG Bauxilium, Venezuela: A site visit coupled with laboratory testing to determine the origin and deportment of mercury in a Bayer hydrometallurgical alumina treatment plant.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Missoula, Montana

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1987 Degree: PhD Subject: Mining Engineering - Metallurgy Institution: University of Idaho
Year: 1984 Degree: MSc Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: Montana Tech
Year: 1979 Degree: BSc Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Montana State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to 2009 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Director and Principal Process Engineer Department: Responsibilities: He is responsible for direction of fiscal and technical activities for a globally positioned Center of Excellence doing applied industrial projects in mining, minerals, metals, materials and energy.
Years: 1996 to 1997 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Senior Process Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Senior Process Engineer undertaking contract projects for clients covering topics including; Nickel/Cobalt Hydrometallurgy, Nickel /Copper Ore Mineral Processing, Copper/Cobalt Ore Processing, Copper Heap Leaching, Bankable Feasibility Studies, Hydrometallurgical Antimony Recovery, Arsenic & Bismuth Processing, Copper Solvent Extraction, Gold Ore Process Review, Ion Exchange Process Review, Molybdenum Impurity Removal and Titanium Dioxide Production
Years: 1988 to 1996 Employer: Sunshine Mining & Refining Company Title: Chief Process Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Chief Process Engineer involved in all aspects of research, development, engineering design, start-up, operations, marketing, and environmental affairs at state-of-the-art chemical plants producing silver, gold, copper and antimony.
Years: 1981 to 1982 Employer: Key Tronic Corporation Title: Chemical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Chemical Engineer, directing the production of electronic components utilizing electrolytic and hydrometallurgical processes.
Years: 1979 to 1981 Employer: Morton Thiokol Corporation Title: Chemical Engineer Department: Responsibilities: Manufacturing Engineer directing the production of propellants for automotive passive restraint systems. Also a Chemical Engineer, designing, testing and producing solid fuel rocket motor nozzles.
Years: 1982 to 1983 Employer: Montana Tech Title: Graduate Student Department: Responsibilities: MSc thesis research conducted.
Years: 1983 to 1987 Employer: University of Idaho Title: Graduate Student Department: Responsibilities: PhD thesis research conducted.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Minera El Brocal, S.A.A., Peru Summary: Nitrogen Species Catalyzed Pressure Leaching of a Copper Enargite Concentrate, Sociedad Minera El Brocal, S.A.A., Peru: Direction of s study to optimize the successful application of NSC pressure leaching to a copper and arsenic bearing concentrate. Capital and operating costs estimates were determined.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Pan American Silver, Peru Summary: Ore Characterization and Process Development for the Cerro de Pasco Silver Deposit, Pan American Silver, Peru: Direction of a comprehensive study to characterize silver ore and develop metallurgical process for production.
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: TECK-Cominco, Canada Summary: Review of Alkaline Sulfide Treatment of Antimony and Arsenic from Smelting Products; TECK-Cominco, Canada: A study of the application of industrial alkaline sulfide hydrometallurgy to existing smelter products containing arsenic and antimony.
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: CVG Bauxilium, Venezuela Summary: Mercury Due Diligence and Deportment, CVG Bauxilium, Venezuela: A site visit coupled with laboratory testing to determine the origin and deportment of mercury in a Bayer hydrometallurgical alumina treatment plant.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
The International Precious Metals Institute - Director
The Society for Minerals, Metallurgy and Exploration – Director, Vice President and Executive Committee. Founding Registered Member
The Order of the Engineer Link 119
The Northwest Mining Association - Trustee
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Advisory Board of Montana Tech
The National Materials Advisory Board – Materials Technology for Process Industries
National Academy of Engineering – Consultation for Mineral Processing and Hydrometallurgy
The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America Member Qualified Professional
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers – Senior Member and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum
Society for Biological Engineering
Institution of Chemical Engineers – Fellow and Registered Chartered Chemical Engineer and ECUK
FEANI – Registered as Eur Ing
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society – Aqueous Processing, Copper Cobalt Nickel & Precious Metals Committees
Sigma Rho Mining Fraternity
Southwest Montana Technology Network
Montana Mining Association
Montana Academy of Sciences
The Society of Mineral Analysts
The International Titanium Association
Montana State University Alumni Association
Kokondo Karate Black Belt Level Instructor
American Hockey Coaches Association
USA Hockey Masters Certification and Head Coach of Butte High School Hockey Team

Licenses / Certifications
Chartered Chemical Engineer, Institution of Chemical Engineers
Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers
Eur Ing, FEANI
Founding Registered Member, SME
Qualified Professional Member, MMSA
The Order of the Engineer
Professional Appointments
Full Research Professor in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering


He has been a Technical Editor for the Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Journal, Minerals Engineering, Hydrometallurgy, and Metallurgical Transactions B.
He is active in many professional organizations including participation as an SME Director and Vice President, as an IPMI Director, as a Trustee for North West Mining Association and as a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Awards / Recognition
In (Undisclosed) he was awarded the Extraction and Processing Technology Award from TMS. Also, in (Undisclosed) he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Montana Tech. In (Undisclosed) he received the Distinguished Researcher Award from Montana Tech. In (Undisclosed) he was the chairman for the Northwest Mining Association meeting held for the first time in Reno, Nevada. For that effort he received the NWMA Presidents Award.
Publications and Patents Summary
He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers and presentations and holds several international patents.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has acted as an expert technical witness on nearly ten major international cases. This includes testifying, depositions and expert report writing.
Training / Seminars
His Center is located on campus and he regularly supervises graduate students, teaches some classes and presents many technical papers. He also teaches the annual review course for registration of Professional Engineers and a course for the US Department of the Interior in preparation for Mineral Examiner registration.
Vendor Selection
Does this all the time as a consultant and expert. He has many sources and affiliations globally to derive this information when required.
Marketing Experience
Occupies a unique position within the industry in that he actively works in the academic, corporate, consulting, industrial and financial fields of mining, minerals, metals, chemicals and energy. Hence, he can offer perspectives from all of these vantage points.
Other Relevant Experience
Profesional Registrations

Chartered Chemical Engineer, Institution of Chemical Engineers;
Fellow, Institution of Chemical Engineers;
Eur Ing, FEANI;
Founding Registered Member, SME;
Qualified Professional Member, MMSA;
The Order of the Engineer ;


Recent Continuing Education Courses Completed Include;

Financial Statement Analysis, Colorado School of Mines (Undisclosed);
Valuation of Mineral Projects, Imperial College London (Undisclosed);
Global Trade Certificate Program, Montana World Trade Center (Undisclosed);
An Introduction to Modeling Project Finance, EDUMINE (Undisclosed);

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