Officers and Trustees

George Luxbacher

AIME President

SME (August 2018 - August 2022)

Dr. George W. Luxbacher is the Deputy Associate Director for Mining with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He earned a B.S. degree in mining engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and began his career with Pittsburgh Coal Company, a subsidiary of Consolidation Coal Company. Returning to Penn State, he then completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, also in mining engineering and is a Centennial Fellow of the Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. After graduation he worked for various subsidiaries of Occidental Petroleum Corporation for 35 years, Occidental Research Corporation, Island Creek Coal, and Glenn Springs Holdings, before retiring as senior vice president of operations at Glenn Springs to start his consulting firm, MELM Consulting. In 2016 he returned to his research roots and started consulting for NIOSH, joining NIOSH as a Senior Service Fellow in 2017. He manages the NIOSH mining program's extramural research contracts, including the capacity build component designed to support graduate research and faculty development in mining engineering. Dr. Luxbacher has a diverse background, having managed a bulk materials terminal on the Mississippi River, worked internationally, and is the co-inventor of a process to dredge and refine phosphorus-bearing sludge into a marketable product, developing, designing and constructing a phosphorus recovery plant in Tennessee while at Glenn Springs. Dr. Luxbacher is a registered professional engineer and has served on innumerable committees in leadership roles within SME. He serves as a Program Evaluator (PEV) in mining engineering for ABET. He was president of SME in 2008 and president of AIME in 2012, now becoming the first person to serve a second term as AIME President since the early 1900s. He has a deep interest in the history of AIME since its founding in 1871.

Kevin Zeik

AIME President-Elect

AIST (August 2015 - August 2023)

Dr. Kevin L. Zeik graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Ph. D. in Metals Science and Engineering in 1991. His graduate work was focused on copper – niobium microcomposites for the hypersonic aerospace program, working as a Researcher at the Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University. Upon graduation, Zeik joined the United States Steel Corporation Research Center in Monroeville, PA as a Senior Research Engineer working on electron microscopy and surface sciences of steel products. In 1994, he moved into the failure analysis group as an Associate Research Consultant, and two years later, he was named Research Manager for the failure analysis, computer modeling and welding groups. Zeik moved to the Materials Technology section in 1999, serving as Research Manager of the group until 2002, when he advanced to Technical Director. In 2004, Kevin was named Director – Process Technology Division where he oversaw efforts to improve process efficiency from mining operations through iron and steelmaking and into finishing and coating processes. He focused on the adaptation of existing processes and development of new processes to meet the demands presented by the production of new high performance steel grades. In that year, the Research and Technology was moved to its current location in Munhall, PA. In August 2008, he was advanced to his current position, General Manager – Research for United States Steel Corporation where he is now responsible for directing all research and development activities associated with flat rolled and tubular steels and steel solutions.

He has been a member of AIST and its predecessor organization, ISS, for over 20 years. He has held the positions of Chair – Mechanical Working Division of ISS, and served on the Board of Directors of AIST, including the transition team from ISS to AIST.

Jennifer Miskimins

AIME President-Elect Designate

SPE (August 2018 - August 2024)

Dr. Jennifer L. Miskimins is a Professor and the Department Head in the Petroleum Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines, where she holds the F.H. Mick Merelli/Cimarex Energy Distinguished Department Head Chair. Dr. Miskimins holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in petroleum engineering and has split her career between industry and academia with appointments at the Colorado School of Mines, Marathon Oil Company and Barree & Associates. She has been with the Colorado School of Mines in various capacities since 2002. Dr. Miskimins specializes in well completions, stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and associated production issues. She is the founder and current Director of the Fracturing, Acidizing, Stimulation Technology (FAST) Consortium and also directs the Center for Earth Materials, Mechanics, and Characterization (CEMMC). Her research interest focus on the optimization of stimulation treatments and the importance of such on associated recovery efficiencies. Dr. Miskimins served as the first Completions Technical Director on the SPE International Board of Directors from 2015-2018. She was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 on hydraulic fracturing in unconventional reservoirs. In 2014, she was awarded the SPE International Completions Optimization and Technology Award. Dr. Miskimins serves on a variety of conference organizing committees and as a technical editor for various journals. She was the Editor-in-Chief for the recent SPE Monograph update Hydraulic Fracturing: Fundamentals and Advancements. Dr. Miskimins is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado (License #36193).

Hani Henein

AIME Past President

TMS (August 2015 - August 2021)

Hani Henein is a Professor at the University of Alberta and Director of the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory (AMPL). Henein earned a B.Eng. and an M.Eng. in Metallurgical Engineering (1972 and 1976, respectively) from McGill University. In 1981, he received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Alberta in 1989 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.

The main thrust of Henein's research at Alberta and as Director of the AMPL is to develop new techniques for improved operation of current processes and to develop new near net shape processing routes. This research entails the understanding of the relationship among processing, structure, and properties and making this understanding accessible on-line to process operators. Some recent areas of interest in research include: particulate mixing and segregation, rapid solidification, zone refining, strengthening microalloyed steels, and WC-Ni composites for wear applications. Henein holds one patent, has published more than 140 papers, edited nine books, and consults in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

His research and professional efforts have received wide recognition, including best paper awards such as the Henry Marion Howe Medal from ASM International, the John Chipman Medal from the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), and the Best Paper Award from the Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). He was given a Presidential Citation from the Iron and Steel Society (now AIST) and was the recipient of the Silver Medal of MetSoc (CIM). He has received the prestigious Killam Research Fellowship and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, of CIM and ASM International.

Henein has held senior leadership positions in AIST and TMS. He has served on the AIST and TMS Board of Directors and is a Past President of TMS (2014).

Ronald Ashburn

AIME Trustee

Ronald Ashburn is the first executive director of the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), having served in that capacity since the organization's founding in January 2004. In his role as executive director, Ashburn is responsible for oversight of business operations and strategic planning initiatives for AIST and the AIST Foundation. He formerly served as the eighth managing director for the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers from 2002 until its merger with the Iron & Steel Society, which led to the formation of AIST. Prior to joining AISE, he worked 16 years with Mannesmann Demag, a global builder of steel plants, first joining them in 1986 as a mechanical engineer in their Continuous Casting Division. In 1996, Ashburn was appointed director of technology for steelmaking and casting, and in 1997 he became vice president -- casting and hot rolling. In 1999, SMS and Mannesmann Demag merged to form SMS Demag, where he served as vice president -- operations for their Steelmaking and Casting Division in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. Ashburn received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (1987) and participated in metallurgical process training at University of British Columbia (1987) and global business management training at the University of Virginia (1998). He served on the board of directors for Visit Pittsburgh and was a member of its executive committee.

Dave Kanagy

AIME Trustee

Since joining SME in 2004, Kanagy has been largely responsible for the Society's success. Focusing on growth, innovation, and opportunity, SME has become the world's largest mining-related organization. He is the recipient of two prestigious awards including the Colorado Society of Association Executives' Professional of the Year award and the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America's Gold Medal award. He has a B.S. degree in industrial education from the University of Maryland, a M.S. degree in technology education from Eastern Illinois University and is a certified association executive by the American Society of Association Executives.

Jim Robinson

AIME Trustee

James J. Robinson has held a number of positions within TMS since joining the Society in 1984 as an editorial team member for JOM.Prior to becoming executive director in 2012, he held the position of deputy executive director. In that position, Robinson managed the development and execution of the Society's programs and supported the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and other volunteer bodies, inclusive of governance and strategic planning activities. He also supports the efforts of the TMS Foundation as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees. Robinson's past positions with the Society include serving as Chief Operating Executive, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication, and Editor of JOM (TMS's membership journal). He still contributes to JOM as a monthly columnist.

Robinson is an ASAE Certified Association Executive (2009). Academically, he earned his M.A., corporate communication, from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and his B.A., journalism and communications, from Point Park University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). His non-materials professional affiliations include ASAE, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, and the Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives.

Mark Rubin

AIME Trustee

Mark Rubin is responsible for overall management of SPE. He works with the Board of Directors and senior staff to develop strategic and business plans and formulate the organization's goals, objectives, policies, and programs. He also organizes and directs the global staff organization, which includes offices in Dallas, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London, and Moscow, to ensure the accomplishment of SPE's mission.

He was appointed executive director of SPE in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as upstream general manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, D.C. He joined API in 1988 and held a series of positions working on federal regulatory and legislative matters as well as technical standards development.

A member of SPE since 1979, Rubin held petroleum engineering positions for Unocal in Houston and east Texas from 1981 to 1987 and for Buttes Resources in Dallas 1987-88. Rubin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. He has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

L. Michele Lawrie-Munro

AIME Executive Director (Non-voting Trustee)

Michele Lawrie-Munro has been the Executive Director of AIME since 2011.  She was promoted from Interim ED in 2009 and Associate Executive Director before that from May 2003. Her recent experience includes leading multi-disciplinary, collaborative efforts.

In addition to the not-for-profit arena, she has used her management and marketing skills in the public and private sectors for telecommunications and professional services firms. She has been involved in research, leadership development and recognition initiatives, and been a liaison on systems requirements. She has previously volunteered in leadership positions with the Palmer Lake Historical Society, Boy Scouts of America and the Hugh O'Brien Youth Foundation.

She received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2014 and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, as well as extensive corporate leadership training.  In her spare time she likes to motorcycle, ski, hike, bicycle, cook, and garden.  Her e-mail address is