In February 2019, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc. hosted a SME/IMPC International Symposium entitled Reflections, Challenges and Opportunities in Minerals Processing: Honoring the 90th Birthday of Professor Douglas W. Fuerstenau, at the 2019 SME annual meeting in Denver, CO.
The symposium was organized by former Fuerstenau’ students, Jim Gebhardt, Pradip, and John Herbst, with the assistance of Brij Moudgil. Four technical sessions were held over two days and included sessions on Flotation & Technology, Comminution & Modeling, and Innovative Technologies. More than 30 presentations were made, and a panel discussion on Technology & Innovation included participation by six university and industry leaders.
The host Mineral Processing Division (MPD) of SME estimated that more than 300+ participants were in attendance at various sessions. Professor Douglas W. Fuerstenau delivered the symposium kick-off presentation at the MPD Plenary Session (Click here to see video) and received an award commemorating the occasion from the 2019 SME President Barbara Arnold. Representing the IMPC, Dr. Cyril O’Connor presented the Distinguished Service Award to Professor Fuerstenau and the Lifetime Achievement to Professor Jan Miller. These were awarded at the 2018 IMPC Moscow meeting, which neither awardee could attend due to health issues.