Nickolas J. Themelis

For his outstanding contributions in the research and development of superior technologies for environmental conservation and in recognition of his distinguished career as an educator.

AIME Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award in 2004

Nickolas Themelis is director of the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University and Chair of the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council. He earned a B.S. and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from McGill University in 1956 and 1961, respectively. He is the inventor of the Noranda copper smelting process, co-author of the first textbook on rate phenomena in process metallurgy, and founder of the earth and environmental engineering discipline at Columbia University.

Dr. Themelis has been the recipient of many honors and awards, the most recent ones being the 1993 Best Paper Award, Metallurgical Society of Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; 1997 ALCAN Award for outstanding contributions to the mineral and metallurgical industries; and 2002 Best Paper Award, International Thermal Spray Society.