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 Expert  724749

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


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Montana (MT)
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.
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activated carbon fiber

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alkylation

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arc melting

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beneficiation

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coking

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column flotation

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copper smelting

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denatured alcohol

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froth flotation

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gold recovery

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hydrogen fuel

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natural resource economics

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nuclear fuel

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remineralization

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selective flocculation

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smelting

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solvent extraction

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sugar refining

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uranium refining

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.

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metal recovery

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metal refining

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metallurgy

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mineral extraction

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mineral processing

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mineral recovery

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aluminum dust

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aluminum metallurgy

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aluminum production

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aluminum recovery

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aluminum reduction

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aluminum smelting

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petroleum processing

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pyrometallurgy

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chemical refining

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energy engineering

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fuel production

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renewable energy source

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combustion system

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alternative-fuel combustion

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chemical reaction engineering

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gravity separation

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reactor mixing


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

Often requested
with this expert:

Extractive-Metallurgy, Hydro-Metallurgy, Pyro-Metallurgy,...
Hydrometallurgy, Pyrometallurgy, and Extraction and...
Precious Metals Chemistry, Mining, Refining
Process Engineering and Chemistry of Inorganic Chemicals

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

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Director and Principal Process Engineer

 

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.

1996 to 1997

 

H.A Simons Ltd.

 

Senior Process Engineer

 

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

1982 to 1996

 

Sunshine Mining and Refining Company

 

Chief Process Engineer

 

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.

1981 to 1982

 

Key Tronic Corporation

 

Chemical Engineer

 

Chemical Engineer, directing the production of electronic components utilizing electrolytic and hydrometallurgical processes.

1979 to 1981

 

Morton ThiokolCorporation

 

Chemical Engineer

 

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.


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 # 01079QP 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 # 99906638 and ECUK # 558000 FEANI – Registered as Eur Ing # 28934 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 1996 he was awarded the Extraction and Processing Technology Award from TMS. Also, in 2002 he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Montana Tech. 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.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers and presentations and holds several international patents.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • 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. (2005)
  • 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. (2005)
  • Industrial Zinc Plant Due Diligence, Diligence Incorporated, USA: A processing engineering review of the design and operation of a zinc hydrometallurgical plant. (2004)
  • 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. (2004)
  • 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. (2004)
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on LLX.
  • Expert for consulting on Diatomaceous Earth Mine.
  • Expert for consulting on Chemical Distillation of Zinc Cake.
  • Expert in Beneficiation study and scoping study of Titanium Processing.
  • Expert in Tungsten processing
  • Expert in tin hydrometallurgy for consulting on Tin Hydrometallurgy.
  • Expert in NI mine sales and value estimation, survey and expansion planning.
  • Cyanide flotation expert for consulting on pyrite depression on silver flotation.
  • Expert in capital investment needs of research for consulting on new technologies for recovering ocean resources.
  • Sugar processing expert for consulting on Sugar Storage.
  • Mining expert to assist with feasability study.
  • Engineering expert for consulting on Sugar Machinery Projects in Africa.
  • Electrometallurgy expert to assist with designing scalable process specific Ore and Concentrate
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Has acted as an expert technical witness on nearly ten major international cases. This includes testifying, depositions and expert report writing.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on a precious metal flag.
  • Mining expert for consulting on Hoist systems.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2005 to 2005   Minera El Brocal, S.A.A., Peru   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.
2005 to 2005   Pan American Silver, Peru   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.
2004 to 2004   TECK-Cominco, Canada   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.
2004 to 2004   CVG Bauxilium, Venezuela   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.

Market Research:
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.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
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.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Does this all the time as a consultant and expert. He has many sources and affiliations globally to derive this information when required.

Other Skills and Services

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 2007; Valuation of Mineral Projects, Imperial College London 2007; Global Trade Certificate Program, Montana World Trade Center 2007; An Introduction to Modeling Project Finance, EDUMINE 200;


 

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