Awards & Scholarships

Stanley M. Howard

Stanley M. Howard (TMS)

AIME Mineral Industry Education Award in

Inspiring teacher and accomplished scholar; implementer of innovation in learning; and instructor and counselor to many who have risen to leadership within the mining industry.

Stanley M. Howard has been a professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) since 1971 and is the senior engineering faculty member on campus. He served as the chair of the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from 1994-2000. He was awarded the campus Presidential Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, scholarly activity, and community service in March 1994.

Dr. Howard has been an active member of AIME and TMS since 1966 and has served on many committees including the Extraction & Processing Divisio's (EPD) Waste Treatment & Minimization and Recycling and Process Fundamentals committees and as a key reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. He currently serves on the Professional Registration Committee and was recently appointed to the TMS Education Committee as the EPD Representative. Dr. Howard has presented short courses at the TMS Annual Meetings (1990 and 1994) on the use of Personal Computer Applications in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering. He has been a Registered Professional Engineer since 1973.

His research activities have included chlorination processes for gold extraction, direct applications for geothermal resources, replacement alloys for beryllium alloys, thermochemistry of high-temperature liquid metals, carburization kinetics, and laser and friction-stir welding activities associated with the Advanced Materials Processing facility on the SDSM&T campus. In 1986 he co-founded Group V Metals, Inc that licensed technology used to produce the purest tantalum and niobium compounds commercially available in the world with customers in Japan and Europe. He has had temporary appointments at Stanford Research Institute, Kerr-McGee Technical Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and has served as a consultant for numerous firms engaged in materials engineering.