Awards & Scholarships

Deborah Shields

Deborah Shields (SME)

AIME Presidential Citation in 2017

For dedicated efforts to promote sustainability through service in AIME’s Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources events, as well as eloquent advocacy of mining and minerals in the context of sustainability worldwide.

Deborah J. Shields, Ph.D., is a Faculty Affiliate in the Dept. of Economics at Colorado State University and a Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic University of Turin, IT, in the Dept. of Land, Environment and Infrastructure Engineering. Her research foci are minerals in sustainable development, mineral policy, and integrated sustainability assessments. She has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference papers. She previously worked for the US Government, first with the US Bureau of Mines and later with the U.S. Forest Service, Research and Development Division, where she directed the agency’s mineral policy research program. She holds a M.Sc. in Mineral Economics from Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University.