Awards & Scholarships

Corale L. Brierley

Corale L. Brierley (SME)

AIME James Douglas Gold Medal* in

For her pioneering research and contributions to applications in bioleaching and metals remediation.

Corale Brierley is Principal of Brierley Consultancy LLC and provides technical and business consultation in (1) assessment and process design for minerals bioleaching, (2) chemical, physical and biological treatment and management of metal-bearing aqueous, solid and radioactive wastes, and (3) market analyses and business development for products and services related to metals extraction and waste treatment. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Texas (Dallas), a M.S. degree in Chemistry and a B.S. degree in Biology, the latter two degrees from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Corale Brierley has over 80 technical publications and five patents and is internationally recognized resulting from a 30+-year career, comprising 16 years as an international consultant; two years with Newmont Mining Corporation as Head of Environmental Process Development; eight years of managing Advanced Minerals Technology Inc., a meta's biotechnology company; and 10 years of applied research, development and teaching in her fields of expertise at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. She is a member of the Society of Mining Engineers and the Mining & Metallurgical Society of America and has served on numerous boards, panels and committees for the National Academies and other organizations. She was inducted in 1999 into the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for "innovations applying biotechnology to mine production and remediation". Academy membership is among the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer and honors those who have demonstrated unusual accomplishment in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology. She received "The Distinguished Achievement Award" from the Alumni Association of New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology in 1999.