Dr. Pete Knudsen Honored with Ivan B. Rahn Award



The Ivan B. Rahn Award was presented to Dr. H. Peter Knudsen at the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a SME member for distinguished contributions to educational activities within SME, such as ABET, student affairs, continuing education, the licensure of professional engineers or service on the Council of Education.

According to SME, Knudsen, dean of the School of Mines & Engineering at Montana Tech, is well deserving of the 2011 Ivan B. Rahn Award for his leadership role in the Minerals Engineering program at Montana Tech. Dr. Knudsen is perceived by many professionals to be one of the best in the world over the past 29 years. He has sustained enrollment in the Mining Engineering Program at Montana Tech and has supplied industry with some of the most successful managers and Vice Presidents of the top mining companies in the world.

Dr. Knudsen has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona and a BS in Geological Engineering from Montana Tech. He presently is Dean of the School of Mines at Montana Tech. He has taught at Montana Tech for 30 years and at the University of Arizona for four years. In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Knudsen has been employed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the Anaconda Copper Company, and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Knudsen is the author of 15 refereed papers and has presented more than 40 short courses on basic and advanced geostatistics. He is a licensed professional engineer and ABET visitor in mining engineering.

The Ivan B. Rahn Education Award, established in 1995, recognizes distinguished contributions to the educational activities within SME and is open to all SME members who have shown long-term interest in and have significantly contributed to SME activities relating to ABET, student affairs, continuing education, professional registration, and/or the Council of Education.