Officers and Trustees
SME (August 2012 - August 2018)
Nikhil Trivedi has 35 years of business experience---in research and development, engineering, operations, administration and general management and consulting. He has served as vice president of research and development and chief technology officer of Pfizer Minerals Inc and Minerals Technologies, Inc from 1987 to 2001. Additionally, between 1994 and 2001 he established and built up a powerful technical group in Finland to support the company’s European businesses..
Following his retirement in 2002 from Minerals Technologies Inc., Nikhil established IDEKIN INTERNATIONAL, a firm specializing in developing technology transfer opportunities and providing optimizations for chemical and mineral processes. His clients include corporations in the chemical process industries and mining industry worldwide.
Nik graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bombay University and earned a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Nevada. His Ph. D. degree in Chemical Engineering is from University of Minnesota. University of Nevada awarded him Outstanding Alumni Award in 1995.
Nikhil has been an active member of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc (SME), served twice on its Board of Directors and was elected President of SME in 2010. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Industrial Minerals Association of Europe (1991-2001), Calcium Carbonate Association of Europe (1993-2001) United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (2001), and Easton Hospital’s Valley Health Foundation (1999-2002). He is an Honorary member of AIME, Distinguished member of SME and a recipient of AIME’s Hal William Hardinge Award.
Nikhil is 2016 President of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).
AIST (August 2013 - August 2019)
Dr. Speer joined the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) faculty after 14 years of research and research management in the steel industry. He teaches introductory materials, phase stability and physical metallurgy of ferrous/nonferrous alloys and ferrous physical metallurgy. He holds degrees from Lehigh University and Oxford University, and his background is in physical metallurgy and solid-state phase transformations, as well as product development including alloy design/processing response/application and performance. His research interest involves ferrous physical metallurgy in general, and links the fundamentals of physical metallurgy with industrial applications. He is extensively involved with the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center and maintains the strong relationships which have developed between CSM faculty/students and the steel producing/consuming community. ASPPRC conducts leading programs in sheet, plate, bar, and stainless steels to develop a better understanding of alloying, microstructure, processing and performance of steels for a variety of industrial applications.
SPE (August 2016 - August 2020)
Roland is the current Vice President of Finance for the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPEi) Board of Directors. From 2011-2014, he also served as the Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) Technical Director on the SPEi Board. He retired from ExxonMobil in August 2014 with 34 years of service, where he held the position of Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSH&E) Manager for ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research, Gas & Power Marketing, and Upstream Ventures business units. He began his career with Exxon Company, U.S.A. as a Project Engineer at the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey in 1981. Since that time, he has held various technical, supervisory and managerial assignments for Exxon, and then ExxonMobil, in the Upstream production, development, and research organizations. Prior to ExxonMobil, Roland also worked for five years in the naval nuclear industry. Roland received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984. Roland also completed the Certified Financial Planner program at Rice University in 2015.
He remains active on various SPE initiatives in the areas of sustainable development and safety. He also serves as the chair of the HSE Now editorial advisory board, and represents SPE on the Advisory Committee for the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI). Regarding upcoming events, Roland is co-chairing a proposed Near Miss summit with the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Engineering, and he is also on the program committee for SPE’s HSSE Mexico Symposium planned for March 2016.
AIME Past President
TMS (August 2013 - August 2017)
Dr. Garry W. Warren obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. He completed his Ph.D. in 1978 at the University of Utah under the supervision of Dr. Milton Wadsworth. Dr. Warren then spent eight years on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University before moving to the University of Alabama in 1986. He has been active in various areas of research including fundamental and applied electrochemistry, especially corrosion and aqueous electrochemistry, kinetics, chemical and process metallurgy, and computer aided instruction. He has served in many academic capacities at the University of Alabama, including one year as Interim Department Head, and was a founding member of the Engineering Teaching Academy in 2006. He also served as Director of the Materials Science Program until retiring in 2013. He has been active for many years in The Minerals Metals & Materials Society (TMS), and served several terms on the Board of Directors including Director of Publications and Financial Planning Officer. He was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and the Structural Materials Division Education Resource Award in 2007. He served as President of TMS in 2011.
AIST (August 2015 - August 2017)
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.
AIME Treasurer and Trustee
SPE (August 2014 - August 2018)
Kate Hadley Baker is now retired from BP America in Houston, Texas. Her career has spanned many areas among the geoscience and engineering disciplines, including geotechnical, drilling, and reservoir engineering; geology; geophysics; and formation evaluation. Baker started her career at Exxon Production Research Company, working as a research geologist, becoming supervisory geologist in the Reservoir Description Section. She then moved from senior to district geologist positions in Exxon’s Offshore Division, then to head of formation evaluation at Exxon Company USA.
After serving in various managerial roles at BP and its predecessor companies, she became distinguished advisor and director of new well delivery in BP’s Upstream Technology Function, serving also during 2009–10 as Vann Fellow to Princeton University.
Baker was awarded SPE Distinguished Membership, and Rotary International made her a Paul Harris Fellow. Among many professional volunteer positions, she has served with the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee and US Department of Energy (DOE)/Office of Basic Energy Sciences Council on Earth Sciences. She currently chairs the annual peer review for the US DOE Geothermal Technologies Program Office and is secretary of the American Rock Mechanics Association. In her association with SPE, Baker is proudest of helping nurture it as an international organization, as a participant in the digital age, and as custodian of international reserves and resources definitions. She earned a BS degree in geology and a PhD in geophysics—both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
TMS (August 2015 - August 2019)
Hani Henein is a professor at the University of Alberta and director of the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory (AMPL) there. 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 and of CIM.
Henein has held senior leadership positions in AIST and TMS. He is currently a member of the TMS Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) Council, the EPD Student Affairs Committee, the TMS Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, and the Powder Metallurgy Committee. He has chaired award committees for TMS, including the Educator, Leadership, and Application to Practice Awards Committee and the Hardy and Mathewson Awards subcommittees. He has served as chair of the EPD Programming Committee, as planning officer for the EPD, and as a key reader for Metallurgical & Materials Transactions.
Henein has been active with the American Institute for Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers, of which TMS is a member society, serving as a member of the James Douglas Gold Medal Committee, the Raymond Memorial Award Committee, and the All-Institute Annual Meeting Programming Committee.
SME (August 2016 - August 2020)
Ta M. Li is a marketing and business development specialist for the energy and minerals industry. He received a B.S. in mining engineering from Columbia University and his 50 year career includes assignments in mining operations and management, journalism, mine engineering, sales and marketing.
During his career, Li worked for Kennecott Copper at its Bingham Canyon copper mine, SME as editor of Mining Engineering magazine, Golder Associates, Behre Dolbear & Co. and Pincock, Allen and Holt. He also worked for Washington Group International, where he was recognized by four consecutive Lion Awards and the Eagle Award for Outstanding Achievements in Marketing and Sales (2003 to 2007).
Li is the author of more than 40 technical articles on open pit and underground mining. He received the Bright Idea Award from the Denver Gold Group, is a Life Member of the American Exploration and Mining Society (AEMA) and a Distinguished Member of SME. He served as President of SME in 2001. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Section of SME. He recently was elected a U.S. representative to the International Organizing Committee of the World Mining Congress, where he serves on its Scientific Advisory Committee to the 24th World Mining Congress to be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.
AIME Executive Director (Non-voting Trustee)
Michele Lawrie-Munro is the Executive Director after having served in an acting capacity since 2009. She was promoted from the Associate Executive Director position she held since May 2003. Her recent experience includes managing operations as well as 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 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 LawrieMunro@aimehq.org.