UEF Representatives

Garry Warren

TMS (September 2017 - September 2020)

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.

George Luxbacher

SME (September 2016 - September 2019)

Dr. George W. Luxbacher is vice president of operations with Glenn Springs Holdings, a subsidiary of Occidental. Dr. Luxbacher manages Occidental's RCRA and CERCLA liabilities related to the oil and gas, chemicals and former mining-business segments. Among other responsibilities, he deals with issues related to acid mine drainage from former coal and copper mining sites. Dr. Luxbacher is the co-inventor of a process to dredge and refine phosphorusbearing sludge into a marketable product and, as part of that work, developed, designed and constructed a phosphorus recovery plant in Tennessee. Dr. Luxbacher is a registered professional engineer and a Centennial Fellow of the Pennsylvania State University's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mining engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Luxbacher is a past-president of OneMine.org and a member of the SME Foundation Board of Trustees. He was president of SME in 2008. He is the founder of the Coal & Energy Division scholarship auction and luncheon speaker programs. He has served as chair of the division and on the Executive Committee of the Central Appalachian Section. He served on the ad hoc committee for SME Governance and was a driving force to create the Education Strategic Committee.

Mark Rubin

SPE (September 2013 - September 2017)

Mark Rubin was appointed executive director of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as Upstream General Manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, D.C.  Rubin 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 in 1987–88.  Rubin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. He has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers.  Rubin earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA degree from Southern Methodist University.

At SPE, Rubin is responsible for staff operations in the Society's seven offices in Dallas, Houston, Calgary, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Moscow and London.

Ian Sadler

AIST (September 2011 - September 2016)

Ian Sadler studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, England, and graduated with a first-class honors degree followed by a master’s from Cambridge. He joined the iron and steel industry in 1972 and quickly became one of the youngest foundry managers in the world. He has held positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibility for nearly three decades. He is currently president of MCC International Inc., Cecil, Pa., and is a past president of the Iron & Steel Society. MCC manufactures a wide range of rolling mill sleeves for the hot rolling of long products and seamless pipe.

Michael Karmis

SME (January 2010 - December 2013)

Michael Karmis is Stonie Barker Professor of the Mining and Minerals Engineering Department, Virginia Tech and director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research. He earned his BS and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from Strathclyde University, Scotland. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers, reports, Proceedings volumes and textbooks. He has directed or co-directed about 40 major research projects and has served as advisor to 30 post-graduate students. Dr. Karmis has been active within the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), has served for 10 years on the SME Board of Directors, and he is currently the 2002 SME President. A professional engineer in the USA, and a licensed engineer (Eur Ing) in Europe, Dr. Karmis has been active in consulting with the minerals industry, consulting companies, government organizations and legal firms. He is a Distinguished Member of the SME, a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Fellow of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has received numerous recognitions and awards from major scientific, professional and industrial organizations.

Dan Thoma

TMS (January 2007 - December 2011)

Dan J. Thoma received his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Unversity of Cincinnati. During that time, he worked at NASA-Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, OH. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received his MS and PhD degrees in metallurgical engineering.  Dr. Thoma has been employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1992, where he is currently the team leader and project leader for Alloy Design and Development within the Metallurgy Group in the Materials Science and Technology Division. Dr. Thoma is very active in professional society activities. He is a current member of TMS, ASM, MRS, and ACerS. Within TMS he has served two terms on the Board of Directors as programming director. In addition, he is the chair of the Solidification Committee and serves on the Powder Materials Committee and the Nuclear Materials Committee.  He has also served on the Education Committee and MPMD. Dr. Thoma is the 2003 TMS president.

James Jorden

SPE (January 2005 - December 2009)

James R. Jorden was a manager in Shell E & P Company's Training Organization when he retired in 1995.  He received a BS degree with honors in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in 1957 and joined Shell upon graduation. He held various positions culminating in assignment as chief petrophysical engineer at Corporate headquarters. Jim was then named manager of petroleum engineering research at Shell Development Company.  He subsequently was manager of technical training and leadership/management.  Since retirement from Shell, he has worked with Quicksilver Resources, Inc. as a formation evaluation consultant.  Jim joined SPE in 1956 and has held over 30 positions within the society, both on the national and regional levels, including SPE President in 1984 and SPE Foundation President in 1996 - 1997.  He holds two patents, has written several published articles in the petroleum engineering technology field, and is co-author of Well Logging I and Well Logging II of the SPE monograph series.  In 1985, he was inducted into the University of Tulsa College of Engineering Hall of Fame.  Jim received SPE's Distinguished Service Award in 1988, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal in 1991, and AIME/SPE Honorary Membership in 1995.

Robert Freas

SME (January 2002 - December 2006)

Robert C. Freas is senior vice president-marketing of Franklin Industrial Minerals, Nashville, TN. Prior to joining Franklin Industries in 1985 he was director of operations and corporate secretary of Limestone Products Corporation. Mr. Freas’ prior experience also includes chief geologist for Dravo Corporation and work as an engineering geologist. He holds a BS in geology from Baldwin-Wallace College, an MS from Miami University, and an MBA from Rutgers University. He has been an active member of SME for almost 30 years and was the 1994 President. He served on the SME Board of Directors from 1986-1989 and 1991 to the present, was chairman of the Industrial Minerals Division in 1986; was chairman of the GEM Committee, the Mining Engineering Committee, Membership Committee and was Vice President, Finance 1991 and 1992. Mr. Freas served on the AIME Board from 1998-1999. He has also been an active author for SME and other technical publications including co-authoring three chapters in the 6th Edition of Industrial Minerals and Rocks. He is a registered professional geologist and an active member of several professional associations.

Robert Wagoner

TMS (January 2000 - December 2004)

Robert H. Wagoner is George R. Smith Professor in engineering at the Ohio State University. With principal appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, he is also professor of Mechanical Engineering, and director of the Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing of Automotive Components. Professor Wagoner is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of ASM International. He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Ohio State and is the author of over 200 technical articles and several proceedings and books. His research has received national recognition, including the Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal, Rossiter W. Raymond Memorial Award (twice), Presidential Young Investigator Award, and Champion H. Mathewson Gold Medal. He has been President of TMS, 1997-98; President of the TMS Foundation, 1998-99; Trustee of AIME, 1997-99; Trustee of Orton Ceramic Foundation, 1992-96; and Director of the OSU Research Foundation, 1990-94. Professor Wagoner was made a Fellow of TMS in 2003.