Awards & Scholarships

George Luxbacher

George Luxbacher (SME)

AIME Honorary Membership in

In recognition and appreciation of your visionary leadership that has resulted in the development of new organizational partnerships and innovative tools for the betterment of the profession and the enhanced awareness of the nation on matters related to minerals and mining.

Luxbacher is vice president of operations with Glenn Springs Holdings, a subsidiary of Occidental. Luxbacher manages Occidental’s RCRA and CERCLA liabilities related to the oil and gas, chemicals and former mining-business segments. He directs the cleanup of a chromic ore-processing facility in North Carolina and the closure of a quarry/process tailings-disposal site. Luxbacher is the co-inventor of a process to dredge and refine phosphorus-bearing sludge into a marketable product. He developed, designed and constructed a phosphorus recovery plant in Tennessee. He has served as the business manager of the Phosphorus and Phosphorus Derivatives Group.

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.

Luxbacher is president of and a member of the SME Foundation Board of Trustees. He was president of SME in 2008 and, as past president, is a member of the board of directors. 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.