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Dr. Hugh B. Miller

Associate Professor

Mining Engineering Department, Colorado School of Mines

2018 Medal of Merit Recipient

Dr. Hugh B. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Mining Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where he teaches courses and conducts research in a variety of subjects including mine design & operations, project feasibility, occupational safety, and hydro-excavation.  While at CSM, Hugh has also served as the Interim Department Chair for Mining Engineering, as a representative on the Faculty Senate, an administrator for the Western Mine Safety Training Center, and on countless internal committees associated with student activities, institutional governance, and departmental operations.

Before joining CSM in 2005, Hugh spent 6 years teaching at the University of Arizona, Mining & Geological Engineering Department and was the Director of the San Xavier Mining Laboratory and Co-Director of the International Center for Mine Health, Safety, and Environment. 

Prior to entering academia, Hugh worked 13 years for several mining, resource, and engineering companies in capacities ranging from mine operations to that of management, including four years as Director of Operations for International Engineering Technology, Inc. (IET).  At IET, Hugh oversaw a wide range of projects related to equipment development and technologies associated with underground mining, civil-construction, and drilling systems.  Through his career, he has served on the Boards of numerous companies and professional organizations and regularly consults in the technical and economic evaluation of mines and mineral resources, as well as the integration of new technologies and equipment in mining and excavation. Hugh currently serves as a technical advisor for RAMAX Ltd. and as a Director for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME). Hugh is extremely active in several professional and civic organizations, and will serve as the 2019 President of SME.      

As voted by graduating students, Hugh has received a combined 15 teaching and mentoring awards while working at two different universities over the 17 years he has been academia.  He received the SME Presidential Citation in 2015 and the SME Mining & Exploration Division Distinguished Service Award in 2011.  Hugh was inducted as a SME Distinguished Member in 2012 and received the AIME/SME Mineral Industry Education Award and the AIME Honorary Member Award in 2017.   

Hugh received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered “Qualified Person” for Mining and Mineral Resource Estimation by MMSA.

Miller and his wife, Nadia, a petroleum engineer, have been married for 31 years and live in Golden, CO.  They have two sons, Matt and Jerry, who are both mining engineers and work for Southwest Energy and Intrepid Potash respectively.



Marian C. LaLonde

Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP

2018 Medal of Merit Under 40 Recipient

Marian LaLonde vividly remembers breathing a sigh of relief when she discovered a local nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless youth -- Youth on Their Own ("YOTO"). She was a high school junior living on her own and working two jobs. She wasn't just thankful for YOTO's financial assistance and free toiletries, but for the emotional support as well. YOTO's encouragement was a turning point in a life previously marked by violence and juvenile delinquency.  LaLonde turned her focus towards horses and an agricultural education program that she credits with saving her life. She was selected as Arizona's outstanding vocational student and was honored as one of Tucson's Ten Outstanding Teen Citizens. Lalonde was intent upon continuing her education at the University of Arizona and pursuing a degree in agriculture, which she accomplished in 2001. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in 2006.

Lalonde worked as a Rule Writer for the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality and, after earning her law degree, she was hired as an Associate Attorney at DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy PC. There she became a shareholder and honed her skills in mining law under the tutelage of John Lacy. She was honored in 2008 as the 40 Under 40 Woman of the Year by Tucson Business Edge and has been named on Southwest Super Lawyers® magazine Rising Stars list from 2014 – 2017.

In 2013, Ms. LaLonde joined the Tucson office of Quarles & Brady LLP as a Partner in the Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Practice Group. Her practice now focuses on real estate, public and tribal lands, natural resources, mining, environmental, energy, corporations, tax-exempt organizations, and equine law.

Ms. LaLonde served on the Board of the MFSW from 2013 – 2014 and led the Strategic Planning Effort of the MFSW in 2014.  Additionally, LaLonde has served and currently serves on the Board for several nonprofit organizations including the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and YOTO. LaLonde also continues to advocate for at-risk youth by speaking at events and seminars about her experiences in foster care and as a homeless teenager.

In her spare time, Ms. LaLonde competes in the eventing and show jumping disciplines with her horses Scarlett, Brooklin, and Owen. Ms. LaLonde also enjoys life on a ten-acre mini ranch with her husband Greg, six dogs, and one cat.

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