Many of the top movers and shakers of the uranium industry will be be apart of the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium as featured speakers and presenters.
The Central Wyoming Section of SME extends their thanks and appreciation for these leading experts who have committed to presenting at the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium – August 21-25, 2017:
W. Paul Goranson
Executive Vice President of ISR Operations – Energy Fuels
Mr. Goranson is the Executive Vice President of ISR Operations at Energy Fuels Inc.. He has held positions as President and Chief Operating Offi cer of Uranerz Energy Corp, President of Cameco Resources, and Vice President of Mestena Uranium LLC.
Mr. Goranson serves as the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium Conference Chair.
Senior Vice President – Uranium One Americas
Donna Wichers has over 35 years of experience in the uranium industry. She started her career in 1978 with Wyoming Mineral Corporation (subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric) at Wyoming’s first commercial ISR mine, the Irigaray project. For the next 20 years she was employed by several uranium companies including Malapai Resources Company, Rio Algom Mining Corp., Pathfinder Mines Corporation and COGEMA Mining and was responsible for the acquisition of numerous permits and licenses for ISR operations in Wyoming and Texas. In 1999 she was appointed General Manager of ISR Operations and Conventional Mine/Mill tailings reclamation for AREVA’s subsidiaries in the United States. In this position she was responsible for ISR mining operations and groundwater restoration for COGEMA Mining, which included the restoration of over 20 ISR wellfields in Texas and Wyoming, and the mine and mill tailings reclamation of Pathfinder’s Lucky Mc and Shirley Basin operations in Wyoming. In 2007 she joined Uranium One as Senior Vice President, ISR Operations, then advanced to President of Uranium One Americas, Inc. and SVP Americas on the corporate level. Donna is currently on the Board of Directors of Uranium One Americas and is Sr. Advisor, Strategic Initiatives for Uranium One Inc.
Mrs. Wichers serves as the U2017 Global Uranium Symposium Program Chair.
Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors Member – Uranium One Inc.
Mr. Ashraf is the CEO and member of the Board of Directors at Uranium One Inc. (U1)- a Canadian-based company. U1 is one of the world’s largest uranium producers with a globally diversified portfolio of assets and/or operating mines including affiliated companies located in Kazakhstan, the United States, Tanzania, and other parts of Africa.
Anthony J. Thompson
Attorney and Partner – Thompson and Pugsley, PLLC
From the mid 1970’s, Mr. Thompson has practiced environmental and occupational health and safety law. As primary outside counsel to the American Mining Congress (AMC), now the National Mining Association (NMA), for radiation-related issues, he has represented virtually the entire domestic uranium mining and milling industry either as counsel to AMC/NMA or as a counsel to individual licensees. His practice has encompassed uranium recovery legislative, regulatory, licensing and litigation issues for both conventional and in situ recovery (ISR) facilities, radiation health and safety and radioactive waste disposal issues, Clean Air Act (CAA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) issues related to releases of radionuclides and hazardous substances, and constitutional issues related to federal preemption of Atomic Energy Act (AEA) materials.
President – Cameco Resources
Mr. Berg is President of Cameco Resources. His responsibilities include directing Cameco’s U.S. operations in Wyoming and Nebraska. Mr. Berg has served in various management and supervisory positions in environmental protection, quality systems and uranium mining and processing. He has been employed with Cameco for the past 19 years, and spend over 10 years employed at Cameco’s northern Saskatchewan uranium mining and milling operations.
Executive Vice President – Uranium Energy Corporation
As the Executive Vice President of Texas-based, Uranium Energy Corporation, Mr. Melbye is responsible for the uranium marketing and sales function and a key contributor towards the achievement of the company’s strategic growth, and investor relations objectives. Additionally, he serves as Advisor to the Chairman of JSC National Atomic Company, Kazatomprom, focusing on the Marketing and Sales activities of the world’s largest uranium mining company and a growing integrated supplier of fuel cycle services. He also manages the commercial aspects of Uranium Participation Corp. (a pure uranium commodity investment vehicle), for Denison Mines.
Scott is a 33-year veteran of the uranium industry having led the global marketing and sales function of industry leaders, Cameco and Uranium One. He began his career as a uranium broker for Nukem Inc., and subsequently, a nuclear fuel buyer for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona. He is a former President of the Uranium Producers of America and the Chair of the World Nuclear Fuel Market Board of Governors.
Attorney and Partner – Thompson and Pugsley, PLLC
Mr. Pugsley focuses his legal and political practice on environmental and energy issues, as well as government contracting and regulation and constitutional issues. His environmental practice consists of statutory and regulatory analyses of Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency issues related to the possession and use of nuclear materials and the decommissioning of nuclear facilities.
Dr. Courtney Young
Professor – Montana Tech
Professor Courtney Young is Department Head and Prater Distinguished Professor of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at Montana Tech of The University of Montana. He is a graduate of three premiere mineral/coal processing and extractive metallurgy institutions having obtained his BS in Mineral Processing Engineering from then Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology in 1984, his MS in Mining and Minerals Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1987, and his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Utah College of Mines and Earth Sciences in 1995.
Dr. Young has expertise in surface chemistry, electrochemistry and spectroscopy. His specialties in mineral processing/extractive metallurgical engineering include mineral characterization, flotation, physical separations, leaching, cyanide, uranium, gold processing, adsorption and applications thereof to recycling and waste-water remediation. His industrial experience includes summer internships in Tucson/Sihuarita operations with Duval Corporation (May-August, 1983) and Hobson/TX operations with Chevron Resources (May-August, 1982). These internships involved copper flotation and uranium L/SX/Precipitation.
Because of the diverse experience, Courtney knew graduate school was for him. While in graduate school, Courtney worked on a variety of industrial-related projects including sampling/simulation of a hydrocyclone heavy medium separation at Pitson Coal Company (September-December, 1985) and electrochemical understanding of gold cementation by zinc for Newmont Gold Company (January-May, 1989). His thesis involved studying the Nonstoichiometry of Chalcocite in Xanthate Flotation Systems whereas his dissertation was about the Double-Bond Reactivity of Adsorbed Oleate at Fluorite and Calcite Surfaces.
While a faculty member at Montana Tech, Dr. Young has worked with numerous companies and the Center for Advanced Mineral & Metallurgical Processing (CAMP) at Montana Tech. Unfortunately, the companies are proprietary but the subject matter includes furthering the understanding of flotation technology, selecting and testing ore process options, flowsheet design for mineral processing of rare earth elements, and researching and developing solutions to environmental problems. Examples range from gold and copper recovery to cyanide and spent pot-liner as well as acid-rock drainage remediation.
Dr. Young has been and continues to be extremely active in several professional organizations, particularly SME and TMS, as an officer, author and presenter as well as an organizer of sessions and symposia including General Recycling 1998, Minor Elements 2000, Cyanide 2001, Hydro 2003, JD Miller Symposium 2005, Uranium 2007, Precious Metals 2007, Hydro 2008 and Roe-Hoan Yoon Symposium 2011. He has been accordingly recognized for his efforts including plenary lectures, the Young Engineer Award from the Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division of SME, Frank F. Aplan Award from AIME, and President’s Citation from SME. Finally, he has applied for a patent on his research for developing a novel carbon adsorption process for extraction gold from thiosulfate solutions. The non-cyanide technology has potential to make thiosulfate leaching cost-effective and therefore competitive to cyanide leaching.
Daniel E. Gorski
President and CEO – Standard Silver Corp.
Mr. Gorski was born in January 1937 in Houston, Texas. He attended primary and high school in Bandera, Texas graduating in 1955. Mr. Gorski graduated from Sul Ross State College, at Alpine, Texas, in January 1960 with a BS degree in geology.
From February 1960 until February 1963 Mr. Gorski served on active duty in the U. S. Army Security Agency assigned 318th ASA bn in Germany. He held a Top Secret Cryptographic security clearance. Mr. Gorski received an honorable discharge in 1966 at the rank of Sp5.
Mr. Gorski received a MA in Geology from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1970. In 1967 and 1968 he was a research fellow at the University of Utah working in the East Tintic Mining District, Utah.
He began work in the Mining Industry in 1968 as an exploration geologist for Vitro Minerals and Chemical Co. in Salt Lake City. He left the successor company, Earth Resources Corp. and became a consulting geologist in 1974 and worked, principally in uranium exploration, until 1980. Mr. Gorski was mine manager of a small underground gold mine in Western Utah, the Tripp Mine, from the beginning of 1980 through 1982. Thereafter he worked as a reconnaissance geologist in Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico until late 1989; he also served as operations advisor to the La Manantial Silver Mine in Nayarit, Mexico during this time. From then until late 1990 he was the mine geologist at the Star-Phoenix mine at Burke, Idaho.
From the beginning of 1991 until the beginning of 1992 he was operations manager of the Frazadas Mine, a 200 tpd zinc-lead-silver mine in Nayarit, Mexico.
From early 1992 until early 1996 Mr. Gorski was a contract geologist for USMX. Inc., working in Northern Mexico. In 1996 he co-founded Metalline Mining Co. and from that time until May 2004 he was an officer and director and managed operations at Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico. He became part of the founding group of High Plains Uranium in 2004, which resulted in an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2005, and was operations Vice President until early 2006. Mr. Gorski became President and CEO of Standard Silver Corp., now renamed Texas Mineral Resources, in March 2007 upon its reorganization.
In addition to his career in the Mining Industry, Mr. Gorski had at various times been a ranch-hand, roughneck and underground miner.
Independent Professional Geologist
Mr. VanHolland has been a geologist for 42 years; of which 35 years has been in the uranium industry with a focus on sedimentary uranium, particularly roll-front deposits. He began his uranium career in 1976 with Uranerz USA as an exploration geologist in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin where he was instrumental in the discovery of the Ruth ore deposit. He has subsequently been involved in uranium exploration and uranium solution mining (In-Situ Recovery, ISR) activities in Wyoming, Texas, Colorado and Utah for several companies including: Total Minerals Corp. (previously Minatome Corp.), COGEMA Mining, Mestena Uranium, Inc., and High Plains Uranium, Inc. His most recent position was as Chief Geologist for Ur-Energy with whom he served in Casper, Wyoming for 10 years. He is currently independent and semi-retired.
Mr. VanHolland graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in Geology from Hope College. He is a Registered Professional Geologist in the State of Wyoming and a Registered Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).
Mr. Adams has spent over fi fteen years working in the development and application of Ion Exchange resins and processes; in Australia, Singapore and most recently the USA. His practical knowledge and experience has been applied in many projects around the Asia Pacifi c region. He holds a degree in Chemistry.
Dr. Stefan Neufeind
Technical Marketing Manager Ion Exchange Resins – LANXESS Deutschland GmbH
Dr. Neufeind studied Chemistry at the University of Cologne. After earning his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry in 2010 he moved to the United States to start his postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (Cambridge, MA). His one year research program was dedicated to the development of new catalysts
for fl uorination reactions.
After joining LANXESS in 2012, Stefan has been working as Technical Manager for ion exchange resins with the global responsibility for hydrometallurgical and mining applications. Current focus of his eff orts has been the implementation of IX technologies in processes for metal recovery, concentrate purifi cation and mine waste
Dr. Corby Anderson
Professor – Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Anderson joined the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines as the Harrison Western Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. Dr. Anderson teaches and conducts research as a member of the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. He is an expert in the fi elds of extractive metallurgy, mineral processing, waste minimization and recycling. Dr. Anderson has an extensive background in industrially oriented research and was responsible for the development and success of the Center for Advanced Mineral and Metallurgical Processing at Montana Tech.
Vice President of Radiological Services and Engineering – AMEC Foster Wheeler
Mr. Rima has 40 years of professional experience in Health Physics and Radiation Protection in the Navy, commercial nuclear power and D&D/remediation markets and clients. He is also board certified in Comprehensive Health Physics by the American Academy of Health Physics and certified as a Certified Project Manager. Mr. Rima leads the U.S. nuclear services sector at AMEC, specializing in nuclear D&D and remediation planning, execution and verification at nuclear sites across North America and in Japan.
Jeffrey W. Lively, CSP, RRPT
Senior Associate Health Physicist and Chief Scientist – AMEC Foster Wheeler
Mr. Lively is a Senior Associate Health Physicist and the Chief Scientist in Amec Foster Wheeler’s Radiological Services group in the Americas. He is the chief scientist responsible for technology development and is the business line leader for Amec Foster Wheeler’s advanced radiological decommissioning technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He is expert in radiological decommissioning processes, radiological dose and risk assessment, and statistical survey methodologies. He is responsible for the technical development of the Orion ScanSortSM soil sorting technology, Orion ScanPlotSM overland survey technology, and Subsurface Soil DCGL methodology.
He has been personally involved in the radiological and engineering options assessments evaluating the feasibility and appropriateness of remedial action options under a variety of regulatory regimes. He is currently working with Japanese partner firms to design and implement the material handling and radiological assay processes for Interim Storage Facilities to be built in Fukushima Prefecture.
Uranium Recovery Program Manager – Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality/Land Quality Division.
Ryan Schierman is currently the Uranium Recovery Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality/Land Quality Division. His responsibilities include establishing a program that is compatible and adequate to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; such that Wyoming is able to assume regulatory primacy over source material from recovery or milling and 11e.(2) byproduct material.
He received his BS in environmental science from Brigham Young University and a MS in health physics from Idaho State University in 2013. While at Idaho State University he was a NRC fellow and a research assistant in the Environmental Monitoring Laboratory providing oversight for the Idaho National Laboratory. Ryan has spent a little over a year working for the State and prior to the State he worked for two uranium recovery operations Uranerz (now Energy Fuels), and Uranium One.
Director – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Radioactive Materials Division
Mr. Maguire is currently the Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Radioactive Materials Division in the Office of Waste. Previously, Charles was director of the Water Quality Division, where the primary function is issuance of wastewater and stormwater discharge permits. Charles joined the TCEQ in January 2006 as a Team Leader for the Agriculture Permitting Team in the Water Quality Division and held that position until becoming Manager of the Water Quality Assessment Section. In October 2008, Charles became the Assistant Director of the newly formed Water Quality Planning Division and served in that capacity until October 2009 when he became the Director of the Water Quality Division. In 2012 Charles was chosen by the Executive Management of TCEQ to head the Radioactive Materials Division.
Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Charles is also a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program.
Team Leader – Uranium Resources and Production Subprogramme, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Mr. Woods is a hydrogeologist by training, who has worked as a mine site-based environmental scientist and manager, as a mine environmental regulator and a consulting hydrogeologist/environmental scientist. Currently he leads the Uranium Resources and Production team at the IAEA in Vienna. Peter has particular experience in approvals and environmental management in the mining of commodities including uranium, iron ore, heavy minerals, base and precious metals, as well as the field of responsible waste disposal and underground water supply and management.
Mr. Woods holds a PhD and BSc (with honors) in Hydrogeology/Hydrology and Soil Science from Flinders University of South Australia. He has also author over 200 published or unpublished articles, technical reports and approval documents as well as 10 refereed journal papers/comments and over 50 conference papers.
Ronn G. Smith
Air Quality Engineer – IML Air Science
Mr. Smith holds a BSc of Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines, a MBA from the University of Wyoming, and has been licensed as a Mechanical Engineer in Wyoming for 35 years.
Mr. Smith spent 16 years teaching college physics, engineering and mathematics (Sheridan College and Northwest College) and 23 years as an environmental and process engineering consultant to the energy and mining industries, contracting with IML Air Science for the past 17 years. He obtained air quality permits and supported compliance programs for mining, milling, bentonite and power generation facilities.
Mr. Smith also developed associated emission inventories and evaluated best available control technologies (BACT) as well as modeled air quality impacts in support of permit applications, NEPA studies, and compliance determination. He provided statistical analyses for agency and industrial customers to support regulatory initiatives and monitoring data validation.
Mr. Smith developed process simulation and operations management software for mining, coal liquefaction and wind energy applications as well as authored custom database software to acquire, validate, manage and interpret water quality, air quality and meteorological data.
Mr. Smith also holds the honor of being appointed by the Governor to the Wyoming Air Quality Advisory Board (1998 to 2010) and also by the Western Governors’ Association to the Wind Energy Task Force (2006-2008)
Some of Mr. Smith’s major projects include :
- AIR QUALITY PERMITTING – Managed the preparation and submittal of approximately 30 air quality permit applications representing surface and underground coal mines, coal processing facilities, uranium recovery facilities, power plants, phosphate mines and a bentonite plant. Worked with EPA, NRC, BLM, USFS and five state regulatory agencies.
- ATMOSPHERIC DISPERSION MODELING – Developed modeling protocol and implemented AERMOD, CALPUFF, and companion software tools to evaluate potential impacts from industrial emissions on air quality, visibility, and acid deposition.
- ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS – Performed modeling analyses and wrote air quality and meteorology sections for EIS and EA documents in support of federal leasing proposals.
- BACT ANALYSES – Performed Best Available Control Technology analyses for uranium milling operations, coal mines, rotary hearth furnaces, kiln dryers and coal-fired boilers. Pollutants analyzed include criteria pollutants, volatile organic compounds (VOC), radionuclides and hazardous air pollutants (HAP).
- PROCESS ENGINEERING – Performed basic design, analysis, patenting and permitting of coal gasification and enhancement processes in the Powder River Basin. Developed and supported proprietary software to simulate convective drying and devolatilization of coal in a rotary hearth furnace, also modeling heat and mass transfer to recover coal liquids in a packed column. Supported efforts to commercialize coal-to-liquids technology in China.
- WIND ENERGY SIMULATION – Developed a wind power software model to simulate commercially available wind turbines and optimize power generation based on hourly atmospheric conditions.
- MASS DIFFUSION SIMULATION – Developed software and statistical analysis tools for accelerated radionuclide leach testing, consistent with ASTM Method C1308.
President – BKS Environmental Associates, Inc
Brenda is the president of BKS Environmental Associates, Inc. She holds many certifications related to soils, range, and oil and gas industry and has given presentations at a variety of industry conferences regarding reclamation and has published many reports regarding reclamation and soils in Wyoming. Brenda has instructed a variety of reclamation classes around Wyoming assisting regulators at the BLM, USFS, WDEQ, and energy personnel in oil and gas and mining. She is also a liaison for the University of Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center, is an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming and Central Wyoming College, and guest teaches reclamation classes at Chadron State in Nebraska and Dickinson State in North Dakota. In 2014 Brenda was the recipient of the Wyoming Women of Influence Award in the Energy & Utilities category and in 2015 received the Reclamationist of the Year Award from the American Society of Mining and where she is currently serving as President of that organization.
Educational background includes a PhD in Soil Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie, MS in Soil Science University of Wyoming, and Bachelor of Science degree in Range Management (Land Rehabilitation), Colorado State University.
Director – Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Mr. Todd Parfitt was appointed Director of the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WYDEQ) by Governor Matt Mead in October 2012. He has 22 years of experience with the department, including seven years in the dual role of Deputy Director and Administrator of the Industrial Siting Division. An Ohio native who went to The Ohio State University, Parfitt started his career doing water quality research on Lake Erie with The Center for Lake Erie Area Research. After earning his Masters degree in Public Administration, Environmental Policy he worked for the Ohio Fire Marshal as an Environmental Supervisor. Parfitt also spent time in the private sector as Director of Operations for the environmental consulting firm BHE Environmental. Parfitt began his career with WYDEQ in Lander in 1992. He moved to Cheyenne in 1996 and has worked in or closely with just about every part of the agency. Parfitt currently serves as ECOS Vice President.
Owner – SHB Inc.
Mr. Steve Brown has over 40 years of nuclear industry experience. He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of American Academy of Health Physics. He has worked extensively as a licensee of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its Agreement States in the commercial nuclear fuel cycle and at large US Department of Energy nuclear defense and decommissioning / decontamination projects involving facilities and land contaminated with nuclides from high level wastes and special nuclear material (mixed fission products and highly enriched uranium), transuranic (e.g., plutonium and progeny) and low level (NORM – natural uranium and thorium series) materials. He has been a member of US and international advisory committees developing standards of practice for environmental, safety and health monitoring and control aspects of uranium mining and processing facilities and sites contaminated with uranium fuel cycle and NORM materials. He is currently a member of the IAEA’s working group on occupational radiation protection in uranium mines and processing facilities and has recently been appointed by the Governor of Colorado to the State’s Radiation Advisory Committee.
Director – Arizona Strip Operations – Energy Fuels Resources (USA), Inc.
Mr. Donn Pillmore has over 35 years of experience in the uranium industry, including exploration, mine resources and cost evaluations, mine development, mine production and mine site reclamation. Mr. Pillmore has been with Energy Fuels Resources for over 11 years and is currently the Director of Operations on the Arizona Strip. He is overseeing operations at the Canyon mine and reclamation on the Kanab North and Pinenut mine sites. Prior to this he spent 22 years with Energy Fuels Nuclear Inc., 12 years as the Chief Production Geologists, exploring for and mining uranium breccia pipe deposits in northern Arizona, 6 years working on uranium deposits on the Colorado Plateau purchasing ore from independent operators, 2 years exploring for uranium deposits in the Gobi desert of Mongolia, and 2 years permitting a uranium “in-situ” deposit in Wyoming. He also spent 2 years working as an underground uranium mine geologist for Western Nuclear in Jeffrey City, Wyoming and 1 year as a field geologist for United Nuclear.
Scott F. Korom
Senior Environmental Engineer – Barr Engineering Company
Scott F. Korom received his Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Utah State University in 1992. He spent 20 years as a faculty member in Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota. He is now with Barr Engineering Company in Bismarck, ND. As a researcher his specialty was groundwater denitrification. As a consultant he works on projects involving groundwater, geochemistry, water quality, and related issues.