Montana Tech Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Centennial Celebration


The Montana Technological University Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2022. The Centennial Event—Celebrating Our Past and Securing Our Future—will be held in Butte on September 27 through October 1, 2022. The Celebration will include technical sessions, student poster sessions, workshops, and several social events.

The schedule of events is as below:

September 29, 2022

8:30     Welcome, Jerry Downey, Montana Tech

            Opening Remarks, Chancellor Les Cook, Montana Tech

9:00    Keynote: Butte and Grasberg Mine Districts – Two Very Rich Hills, Mark Johnson, President, FMI


Green Energy (Copper Room)

10:15   Materials & Energy for Carbon Free Energy, Bob Morris, Schweitzer Engineering

10:45   Integrating Renewable Energy into the Electric Grid, Bryan Smith, Schweitzer Engineering

11:15   Mine to Maker–Integrating a Supply Chain, Chris Dail, Perpetua Resources


Recycling (Kelley Steward Room)

10:15   Metals Recovery from Used Electronic and Electric Equipment, Tsering Wong, Ignio Technologies

10:45   The Recycling of Precious Metals from Spent Catalysts: the Use of Fire Assay in Value Content Determination, Algis Naujokas, Sabin Metal Corporation

11:15   Heritage Environmental Metal Recycling Initiatives, Nigel Morrison, Heritage Environmental Recycling Lead Acid Batteries, Abbas Mizra, Gopher Resources

12:00   Retrospective: 100 years of Metallurgical, Materials, and Mineral Processing Engineering at Montana Tech, Larry Twidwell and Jerry Downey, Montana Tech


New Processes (Copper Room)

13:00   Yanacocha Sulfides: Holistic Flowsheet Approach to Complex Deposit, Scott Shuey, Newmont

13:30   Montana Resources: Proven History – Wide-open Potential, Mary Ann Antonioli, Montana Resources

14:15   Eagle Mine and Domestic Nickel Production, Darby Stacy, Lundin

14:45   Going Above and Beyond to Permit a Mine in Montana, Jake Schuff, Black Butte Copper


Sustainability (Kelley Steward Room)

13:00   Using Tailings to Achieve Net Zero, Abe Jalbout, Auxilium Technology Group

13:30   Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges, Robin Bullock

14:15   Taming of the Berkeley Pit, Mark Johnson, MRI

14:45   Regulatory Issues, Ed Moreen, U.S. EPA

15:15 – 16:30  Student Poster Session (Copper Room)

6:00     Banquet Dinner (Butte Country Club)


Friday morning, September 30

8:00     Keynote: Becoming and Staying and Industry Leader, Joe Fronzaglio, General Manager, NUCOR


Materials Science & Engineering (Copper Lounge)

9:00     Advanced Materials are Driving the Future of Micro-Devices, AI, and Green Energy Technology, Joe Sommers, Applied Materials

9:30     Overview of Sciences of Extreme Materials Competency at DEVCOM ARL, Kyo Cho, Army Research Laboratory

10:00   Materials and High Reliability Applications, Rolf Ziesing, General Atomics

11:00   Study on Reducing Oxygen Overvoltage of Lead Alloy Anodes for Zinc Electrowinning, Yasu Takasaki, Akita University

11:30   Materials and Challenges of Molten Salt Reactors, Guy Fredrickson, Idaho National Laboratory


Process Engineering (Kelley Steward)

9:00     Forgotten Copper Kings of Butte America, Corby Anderson, Colorado School of Mines

9:30     Domestic Rare Earth Processing, Jay Pickarts, RER

10:00   Domestic Lithium Processing, Todd Fayram, Cyprus Development

10:30   Uranium from Mine to Power Plant, Terry McNulty, T.P. McNulty & Associates

11:00   A Review of the Treatment of Arsenic-Bearing Solutions and Waste Solids, Larry Twidwell, Montana Tech

11:30   The Berkeley Pit and Thermodynamic Changes, Hsin-Hsiung Huang, Montana Tech

12:15   Lunch: Department honorees

13:30   Powder Processing Laboratory Dedication & Closing, Jerry Downey, Montana Tech

14:00   Campus and Department Tours, Student guides

15:00   M&ME Industrial Advisory Board Briefing

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