Albert W. Schlechten

"In recognition of his distinguished service as a research scientist, educator, and engineer, and for his valuable innovative contributions to extractive metallurgy technology and practice."

AIME James Douglas Gold Medal in 1979

Albert W. Schlechten is Director of the W.J. Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines. He received his BS degree in metallurgical engineering from the Montana School of Mines and his ScD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He taught at the University of Minnesota and Oregon State College before joining the U.S. Bureau of Mines, where he assisted in the development of a commercial process for the production of zirconium metal. He then returned to teaching and was Chairman of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the Missouri School of Mines for seventeen years before resigning to become Head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines in 1963. In 1968 he was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs, and in 1971 was promoted to his present position.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Schlechten serves as Director of the Institute for Extractive Metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines. He is the author of numerous papers on extractive metallurgy and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica for articles on mining and metallurgy.

Dr. Schlechten has served as Chairman of the St. Louis Section of AIME, Chairman of the Council of Education of AIME, Chairman of the Extractive Metallurgy Division of AIME, and as an AIME Director and a Vice President. He was the Extractive Metallurgy Division Lecturer in 1967, the recipient of the Mineral Industry Education Award in 1978, and is a Fellow of The Metallurgical Society of AIME.