Barbara J. Arnold

Barbara J. Arnold - SME

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An international trailblazer for woman engineers, Barbara Arnold has taken on multiple arms of service as SME President, Mortar Board National Foundation President, researcher, and entrepreneur. Arnold grew up as a coal miner’s daughter in Western Pennsylvania and never left her coal roots behind her. Now a Professor of Practice at the Pennsylvania State University, Arnold returned to her alma mater to teach mining and mineral processing. Following the words of Wayne Gretzky, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take,” Arnold began a global business venture and has traveled to six continents, consulting and fulfilling her SME presidential duties. Attending every SME meeting since 1985, Arnold has continued to annually publish papers and grow her network within the coal and mining industry. Arnold’s illustrious career would not have been possible if not for her role model and mentor, Frank Aplan.