Joseph Keane

2013 Medal of Merit Recipient
Joseph KeaneJoseph Keane earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and in Mineral Dressing Engineering respectively both from Montana Tech. He is the co-inventor of a novel copper hydrometallurgical patent and was the recipient of the Montana Tech Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989.

Keane is a registered Professional Engineer in Arizona and Nevada as well as being a member of the Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas de Chile. He held numerous technical and managerial positions in the mineral industry worldwide between 1962 and 1975 including positions with Chile Exploration Company in Chile, Molycorp in New Mexico, Colorado and in Mexico, and also with EIMCO as a mineral processing equipment sales engineer in Colorado prior to permanently relocating to Tucson, AZ.

In 1975, Keane joined Mountain States Mineral Enterprises as Vice President and Senior Process Engineer and later joined Pincock, Allen & Holt, Inc. as Vice President, Project Engineer of the Process and Geotechnical Engineering Department overseeing the development of metallurgical feasibility studies and consulting activities. Under his management, Pincock, Allen & Holt greatly expanded its engineering design and construction management capabilities. Projects completed included the first semi-autogenous copper sulfide flotation mill in the Philippines and doubling the production capacity of the largest gold mine in that country.

From 1982 to 2005, Keane was President and Principal Metallurgical Engineer with KD Engineering Co., Inc. specializing in process design development, equipment selection and pollution abatement for global clients. Concurrent to his duties with KD Engineering, Keane also held the position of President of METCON Research from 1985 to 2005 and supervised numerous mineral beneficiation test programs and pilot plant studies. During this period he was a consultant to the Mining & Petroleum Division of International Finance Corporation, a unit of the World Bank. Both companies expanded under Keane’s practical guidance and depth of metallurgical project experience and in 2005 the two companies were sold to E&S Engineering Services.

In January 2013, SGS Minerals Services acquired the parent company of both METCON Research and KD Engineering and the two groups consolidated to form SGS Metcon/KD Engineering. Keane continues his metallurgical consulting with SGS and as the owner of Keane Mineral Engineering LLC of Sahuarita, Arizona. He has served on the Boards of Directors of Golden Cycle Gold Corporation, Rochester Resources, Mercator Minerals and Stingray Copper Corporation.

Sean D. Dessureault

2013 Medal of Merit Recipient 

Sean D. DessureaultA graduate of McGill University, Sean D. Dessureault earned his Masters and PhD from the University of British Columbia with a focus on advanced mine technology and management while working in various roles throughout surface and underground Canadian mines.  Dessureault was working at INCO-West Mines Complex in Ontario, Canada when he received an unexpected offer from  the University of Arizona.  Aside from his wifes desire to enjoy the more temperate climate, Dessureault was attracted to Arizona for its rich mining history and resources was well as the University recruiters' encouragement to continue his entrepreneurial pursuit.

 In 2002, Dessureault joined the University of Arizona and is now a tenured Associate Professor in the Mining and Geological Engineering Department. Since arriving at Arizona, Dessureault has simultaneously followed his passion in research and commercial enterprises. Recruited to modernize the mining engineering curriculum, Dessureault has successfully developed projects resulting in over $4.5 million in rewarded research funds; created an integrated remote operations center lab that monitors mines throughout the United States; introduced the first engineering sustainable development course in the curriculum; modernized undergraduate and graduate studies to include the latest technology and established the UA Engineers Without Border (EWB) student chapter. The establishment of the EWB chapter enables impoverished communities without resources to receive engineering services such as water projects in Africa.

Dessureault’s success in the lab also translates to his enterprising spirit since almost all the research he oversees begins as a business activity. He currently is active with several mining related businesses and is the Founder and CEO of Mining Information Systems and Operations Management Consulting Services Inc. (MISOM) leading a team of experienced IT and mining engineers in designing, deploying and supporting Data Warehousing and Business/Operational Intelligence Systems worldwide including tablet apps that replace paper or act as a light fleet management system. In addition to MISOM, in 2011, Dessureault spearheaded Stakeholder Listening & Analysis providing listening analysis and engagement solutions for mineral and other development projects focused on the permitting processes.

Dessureault is a sought after speaker, columnist and panelist on the topics of technology and automation. Further, he has also authored and co-authored 25 journal publications to date and was the recipient of many awards including the SAP Canadian Information Productivity Award; the Best Graduate Dissertation Research Project in 2001; and the Faculty Award in 2006 for significant research and innovations.

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