Thursday, 26 November 2015

Good news from Montana

An email in today from Courtney Young, Department Head and Lewis S. Prater Professor of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering at Montana Tech, USA. He has shared the good news that the SME/AIME Minerals Industry Education Award Committee has elected him as the 2016 recipient of the Minerals Industry Education Award. This is for his outstanding leadership and distinguished accomplishments in  mineral education research and education. The award will be presented at the SME Annual Meeting in Phoenix in February, and I look forward to congratulating Courtney in person at that time.

Our week in the Winelands is almost at an end, and we fly back to the UK tomorrow evening. I hope that my brief travelogues will be of value to those of you planning to attend MEI Conferences in Cape Town, and who are thinking of staying on in the Cape after the events. The Winelands are truly spectacular, and are less than an hour from the city by car. This week we have been based in the Manor House at the excellent Diemersfontein Wine Estate in Wellington, an ideal location for exploring the Paarl and Stellenbosch wine routes.


This morning we called in at Boschendal, probably the Cape's most visited wine estate, situated halfway between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Founded in 1685, its huge gardens, wine tasting under the oak trees, and spectacular setting makes it a magnet for the tour buses from Cape Town.


  1. Great News Indeed, Congratulations Courtney - Education is key to to the future of our industry ,
    with best wishes

    1. Thanks Dee! I am humbled to have been nominated but to win, all by our peers, is heartwarming. It brings a smile to my face. Yes, our industry is in peril. Every time I think common sense will prevail, something else happens to drive another nail in the coffin. Montana Tech continues to weather the storm and I am appreciative for the opportunities afforded me here. I just hope we all survive. Its about doing it together. CHEERS!


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