Mary M. Poulton (SME)
AIME Honorary Membership in 2021
Dr. Mary Poulton is Distinguished Professor Emerita in Mining and Geological Engineering and co-director of the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona. She was the first woman to lead an engineering department in the history of the University of Arizona, heading the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering for 14 years. Dr. Poulton has conducted research on artificial intelligence applied to earth sciences for more than 30 years. Poulton is a co-founder and officer of 3 technology companies working in the areas of AI-driven water management software, safety data analytics, and virtual reality software for training. Poulton is a distinguished member of SME, a past member of the SME Board of Directors, a recipient of the 2017 National Engineering Award and the 2019 Daniel Jackling Award. She has received the AIME Minerals Industry Education Award, the Ivan B. Rahn Educator Award, and the American Mining Hall of Fame Medal of Merit.