Awards & Scholarships

Virginia T. McLemore

Virginia T. McLemore (SME)

AIME Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award in 2018

For actively promoting the sharing of technical information, via publications, technical sessions, and alliances with other industry groups, for the betterment of the mining industry and the environment.

Ginger is a Principal Senior Economic Geologist with the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. She holds B.S. degrees in Geology and Geophysics (1977) and M.S. degree in Geology (1980, New Mexico Tech) and Ph.D in Geoscience (1993, University of Texas at El Paso). Ginger began work with the Bureau in 1980 as an economic geologist and has published numerous articles on the mineral resources of New Mexico. She has edited/authored 2 books published by SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.) on mining environmental issues: (1) Management Technologies for Metal Mining Influenced Water, Volume 1: Basics of Metal Mining Influenced Water and (2) Management Technologies for Metal Mining Influenced Water, volume 6: Sampling and monitoring for the mine life cycle. Ginger also is an adjunct professor and teaches courses for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Department of Mineral Engineering at New Mexico Tech.