Dr. Courtney Young Awarded 2016 Mineral Industry Education Award from SME/AIME

Dr. Courtney Young, Department Head and the Lewis S. Prater Professor of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at Montana Tech, has been awarded the 2016 Mineral Industry Education Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) /American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).
According to the award committee, Dr. Young was given the award “for his outstanding leadership and distinguished accomplishments in mineral engineering research and education."
The award recognizes distinguished contributions to the advancement of mineral industry education. Dr. Young will receive the award at the SME 2016 Annual Conference & Expo dinner in Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
He is a graduate of three premier mineral/coal processing and extractive metallurgy institutions having obtained his BS in Mineral Processing Engineering from Montana Tech in 1984, his MS in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1987, and his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah in 1994. Dr. Young teaches a variety of mineral-related courses including introductory mineral processing, design of unit operations, and hydrometallurgy at the undergraduate level as well as materials handling, flotation, coal and uranium processing, precious metal processing and fire assay at the graduate level. The latter two courses are student favorites because they allow direct interaction with industry. The precious metals class has approximately 15 guest lecturers from Newmont Mining Company whereas the fire assay class involves 5 from several companies but is also offered as a 5-day, hands-on short course for the world to attend. Students enjoy all of his classes because he often incorporates the latest research efforts in them, not just his own, keeping them up-to-date as best as possible.