Fiona M. Doyle

Fiona M. Doyle - TMS

Produced by AIME, 2024

Fiona Doyle discovered her love for science at an early age after conducting an alum crystal-growing experiment in her middle school physics class. Growing up in Newcastle, England, seeing coal mine refuse heaps and acid drainage, she became interested in the environmental side of science, wondering how the environmental impact of producing raw materials could be improved. As a young woman, Dr. Doyle went to Cambridge to study physics but ended up specializing in the areas of metallurgy and materials science instead, eventually becoming an engineer. At the time, there were very few female engineers, and opportunities for women were scarce. From her first summer job in heavy industry at Clarke Chapman to her working at Berkeley straight out of her PhD, Dr. Doyle has been finding her way to overcome barriers and help herself and others succeed. Throughout her career at Berkeley, Dr. Doyle advocated for family-friendly policies while continuing her research in leaching and hydrometallurgy to produce value-added products. She also participated in a study of the environmental impact of abandoned mines and acid mine drainage in California and served as the vice chair and chair of Berkeley’s Academic Senate. Dr. Doyle was a recipient of the University of British Columbia extractive metallurgy lecture, the SME Milton E. Wadsworth Award, the TMS extraction and processing lecturer award, of which she was the first female recipient, and is a TMS Fellow. Dr. Doyle is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, where she currently serves as the chair of the Earth Resources Engineering section, where she advocates for improved environmental policies and international cooperation. Dr. Doyle’s inspirational life story and hopes for the future of industry can be heard in her oral history.