Email the AIME President at email@example.com. Luxbacher is vice president of operations with Glenn Springs Holdings, a subsidiary of Occidental. Luxbacher manages Occidental’s RCRA and CERCLA liabilities related to the oil and gas, chemicals and former mining-business segments.
Officers and Trustees
SME (August 2010-August 2014)
Email the AIME President at firstname.lastname@example.org. Luxbacher is vice president of operations with Glenn Springs Holdings, a subsidiary of Occidental. Luxbacher manages Occidental’s RCRA and CERCLA liabilities related to the oil and gas, chemicals and former mining-business segments. He directs the cleanup of a chromic ore-processing facility in North Carolina and the closure of a quarry/process tailings-disposal site. Luxbacher is the co-inventor of a process to dredge and refine phosphorus-bearing sludge into a marketable product. He developed, designed and constructed a phosphorus recovery plant in Tennessee. He has served as the business manager of the Phosphorus and Phosphorus Derivatives Group.
Luxbacher is a registered professional engineer and a Centennial Fellow of the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mining engineering from the Pennsylvania State University.
Luxbacher is past president of OneMine.org and a member of the SME Foundation Board of Trustees. He was president of SME in 2008 and, as past president, is a member of the board of directors. He is the founder of the Coal & Energy Division scholarship auction and luncheon speaker programs. He has served as chair of the division and on the Executive Committee of the Central Appalachian Section. He served on the ad hoc committee for SME Governance and was a driving force to create the Education Strategic Committee.
AIST (August 2011-August 2015)
Dale E. Heinz graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.A. degree in 1974. Upon graduation, Heinz joined The Republic Steel Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, in the blast furnace department as a management trainee. He held a series of supervisory positions of growing responsibility through 1994 with Republic Steel and then LTV Steel post-merger. Heinz earned his M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1993 with honors.
From 1994 to 1996, Heinz was the manager of furnace operations at USS/Kobe Steel in Lorain, Ohio. Heinz rejoined LTV Steel in the steel producing area and was promoted to department manager in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to division manager of primary operations and transferred to the Indiana Harbor works in East Chicago, Ind. In 2002, Heinz joined International Steel Group Inc. (ISG) in East Chicago with similar responsibilities. Heinz became a part of the transition team at Burns Harbor during ISG’s acquisition of Bethlehem Steel. He remained at Burns Harbor as the division manager of primary operations. Upon the completion of the merger with Mittal Steel USA, Heinz became the senior division manager of primary operations at Burns Harbor.
He has been a member of AIST and its predecessor organizations for 20 years. He is a recipient of the Iron & Steel Society’s J.L. Joseph Jr. Award for creativity in ironmaking. In addition to the AIST Foundation, Heinz has served as the chapter chairman for the ISS Cleveland chapter, the chapter chairman of the ISS Midwest chapter, and the chapter chairman for the AIST Midwest Member Chapter. Additionally, he has served on the Ironmaking and Steelmaking program committees, first for ISS and currently with AIST.
SPE (August 2010-August 2016)
Behrooz Fattahi holds Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University. He works as the Learning Advisor for Aera Energy LLC, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil companies. Prior to joining the oil industry, he conducted research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation, and taught a variety of courses in fluid dynamics and solid mechanics at Iowa State University. He joined the petroleum industry in 1977 by joining Shell International.
Fattahi is a past member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and American Association of University Professors. He served as the Executive Editor of the SPE Reservoir Evaluation and Engineering Journal, and on the board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers International (SPE) as the Director of the Western North America Region, President of SPE Americas Inc., and Vice President-Finance. He currently serves as a member of the United States National Petroleum Council.
Behrooz Fattahi served as the 2010 President of SPE International. He is the 2014 President of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).
TMS (August 2007-August 2013)
Dr. Brajendra Mishra is a professor and the Assoc. Department Head of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Mishra is the Co-Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling – the first National Center of its kind. Brajendra received his Bachelor of Technology  degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and his M.S.  and Ph.D.  in Materials Science from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Prof. Mishra is also the Assoc. Director of Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. Dr. Mishra served as a Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi for six months.
Dr. Mishra’s research interests bridge across the process and the physical metallurgy of materials. Dr. Mishra has over twenty years of research experience in molten salt pyrometallurgy and electrochemistry and has many contributions to the application of these technologies to nuclear waste processing. Dr. Mishra has authored over 400 technical publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. He holds ten patents and has authored/edited 19 books. Dr. Mishra is a Fellow of ASM (2001). Mishra received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (2010) and the highest award of Honorary Membership form the Indian Institute of Metals (2008). Brajendra served as the 2006 President of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) of AIME and the 2011 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers.
Trustee and Treasurer
AIST (August 2009-August 2013)
Randy C. Skagen is currently the Vice President and General Manager of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. Skagen earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada, in 1980.
Skagen began his career in the steel industry with the Algoma Steel Corp. in 1980, where he held several positions in maintenance and operations. In 1991, he joined Nucor as a Production Supervisor during the construction of its second CSP plant in Hickman, Ark. He was promoted to Hot Mill Manager to construct Nucor’s newest CSP plant in South Carolina in 1995. He then assisted in the design and construction of Nucor’s new plate mill in North Carolina in a similar capacity beginning in 1998. In 2004, he was selected as the General Manager of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. and was elected Vice President in September 2005.
Skagen is currently the President Elect of the Board of Trustees for the AIST Foundation. He is currently Chairman of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and serves on several boards in the Tuscaloosa Area including the United Way Foundation, Easter Seals, Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority. He also serves on the Leadership Advisory board for the Dean of the College of Engineering and is President of the Advisory Board for the Metallurgical Engineering Department at the University of Alabama.
SPE (August 2012-August 2014)
Ganesh C. Thakur is vice president, global advisor and fellow of Chevron Energy Technology Company. Thakur is a world-recognized leader in reservoir engineering & simulation, secondary recovery, reservoir and well productivity improvement, heavy oil, horizontal well technology and EOR. He is also known for the emergence of reservoir management (RM) —in particular waterflooding—as a key interdisciplinary practice. Thakur has an impressive list of publications and teaching engagements conducted around the world. His skills and expertise are called upon widely in the design and operation of RM programs, mentoring technical professionals, and serving as an ambassador of technical capabilities to National Oil Companies and Government Ministries. He is an SPE Distinguished Member and has served as Technical Director – Reservoir for the Board of Directors, and an SPE Distinguished Lecturer. Thakur has authored 50 technical articles, three books, edited two SPE reprint series, and presented over 150 lectures/short courses around the world.
A past chairperson of the SPE Reprint Series, Thakur has served on the SPE Editorial Review and Forum Series committees and as short-course instructor on Integrated Reservoir Management and Waterflood Management. He received SPE’s 2005 Reservoir Description and Dynamics award, 2006 Penn State University’s outstanding alumni achievement award, and 1994 Orange County, California’s outstanding engineer of the year award. Thakur earned a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering from Indian School of Mines and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum and natural gas engineering plus an M.A. degree in mathematics, all from Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he earned an executive MBA degree from Houston Baptist University. He has served as an adjunct professor at USC, University of Texas (Permian Basin), University of Houston, Houston Baptist University, and serving King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
TMS (August 2011-August 2015)
Dr. Ray D. Peterson is Director of Technology for Aleris International. Prior to the merger, Ray was Vice President of Technology for IMCO Recycling, Inc. which he joined in 1997. Ray also worked for 13 years in a series of positions for Corporate Research and Development of Reynolds Metals Company. Ray received his B.S. Metallurgical Engineering Degree from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (1980), and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy from the University of Utah.
Dr. Peterson was the 2009-2010 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. He was Light Metals Division chair from 2004 to 2007. In 2000, he served as Chair of the TMS Aluminum Committee and was Editor of Light Metals, 2000. Ray was Co-organizer of the 3rd International Symposium on Recycling of Metals and Engineered Materials in 1995 and co-editor of the proceedings for that symposium. He has been an invited speaker at a number of technical conferences related to aluminum processing and has been an instructor for internal Aleris training classes. He also serves as an Industrial Advisor to several Metallurgy / Materials Science Departments.
SME (August 2012-August 2016)
Nikhil Trivedi has 35 years of business experience---in research and development, engineering, operations, administration and general management and consulting. As vice president of research and development and chief technology officer of Specialty Minerals Inc ( a subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc) from 1987 to 2001, he led the technical activities of the company during its most rapid growth phase. Nikhil has substantial executive experience gained at Specialty Minerals and through work with parent companies—Pfizer Inc and Minerals Technologies Inc. He led Pfizer Minerals’ research and development team where pioneering work of fundamental and applied nature was carried out on the process of producing Talc and Calcium Carbonate. He also established and built up a powerful technical group in Finland.
Following his retirement in 2002 from Minerals Technologies Inc., Nikhil established IDEKIN INTERNATIONAL, a firm specializing in developing technology transfer opportunities and providing optimizations for chemical and mineral processes. His clients include corporations in the chemical process industries and mining industry worldwide.
Nik graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bombay University and earned a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Nevada. His Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering is from University of Minnesota. University of Nevada awarded him Outstanding Alumni Award in 1995. In addition to his positions as vice president of R & D and chief technology officer, Nikhil has been an active member of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc (SME), served twice on its Board of Directors and was elected President of SME in 2010. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Industrial Minerals Association of Europe (1991-2001), Calcium Carbonate Association of Europe (1993-2001) United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (2001), and Easton Hospital’s Valley Health Foundation (1999-2002). He is a Distinguished Member of SME and a recipient of AIME’s Hal William Hardinge Award. At present, Nikhil is a Trustee of American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and Chair of World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ (WFEO) international task group on Sustainability and Mining.
Executive Director (Non-voting Trustee)
Michele Lawrie-Munro was recently named the Executive Director after having served in an acting capacity since 2009. She was promoted from the Associate Executive Director position she held since May 2003. Her recent experience includes managing operations as well as leading multi-disciplinary, collaborative efforts.
In addition to the not-for-profit arena, she has used her management and marketing skills in the public and private sectors for telecommunications and professional services firms. She has been involved in research, leadership development and recognition initiatives, and been a liaison on systems requirements. She has previously volunteered in leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Foundation.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, as well as extensive corporate leadership training. In her spare time she likes to motorcycle, ski, hike, bicycle, cook, and garden. Her e-mail address is LawrieMunro@aimehq.org.