David Armstrong Named 2010-2011 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer



At the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Meeting banquet on March 2, 2011, David Armstrong was honored as a 2010-2011 SME Henry Krumb Lecturer. David is an associate professor and head of the Department of Mining Engineering at Montana Tech. The Henry Krumb Lecture Series was established in 1966 so that local SME sections could hear prominent minerals professionals speak on subjects in which they had recognized expertise. Henry Krumb, a 1897 graduate of the Columbia School of Mines, had an interest in engineering education and improving the status of the mining profession. He anonymously established an endowment fund “for any purpose that is for the benefit of the Institute (AIME).” Lectures are selected from the professionals who present technical papers at the SME annual meeting. Mr. Armstrong’s lecture is titled “Different Techniques for Classifying Mineral Resources.” He will be presenting the lecture to local SME sections in Arizona, Florida, Wyoming, and Montana.

Prior to coming to Montana Tech, he worked for 36 years in the mining industry in a variety of engineering and management positions. He began work as a systems engineer in the exploration group at Amax and moved up to chief mine engineer. Since leaving Amax, he worked in Tucson, AZ for Mintec, Magma Copper and BHP, and in Phoenix, AZ for Phelps Dodge. His primary experience is mine planning and reserve estimation. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver. He is a registered member of SME and a fellow of AusIMM. He has been on the SME Resources and Reserves committee since 1997. He is a licensed professional engineer in Montana.