|Wolfgang Baum (right) at the FLSmidth booth in Seattle, 2012|
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Congratulations to Dr Wolfgang Baum, who is the exploration inductee for the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for 2015. Wolfgang has contributed to many MEI Conferences, in flotation, biohydrometallurgy and process mineralogy, and was a keynote speaker at Process Mineralogy '12 in Cape Town.
He has around 40 years of experience as a process mineralogist in the mining industry. He has worked for Hazen Research, Texasgulf, St. Joe Minerals Corporation, and Pittsburgh Mineral & Environmental Technology. From 1999 to 2011 he established and managed state-of-the-art Material Characterization Labs at the Technology Center of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and its predecessor Phelps Dodge Mining Company including robotics lab modules for mineralogy and chemical analyses. In 2011, he joined FLSmidth as Director – Ore Characterization in Salt Lake City focusing on Process Mineralogy for minerals engineering metallurgical services and the expanded use of lab automation in mining.
Dr. Baum pioneered the first commercial installation of QEMSCAN technology in the USA, operating five QEMSCAN systems in Arizona, and two at a mine site in Peru. He is an innovator in the integration of mineralogical analyses into geo-metallurgical programs for several base metal mining operations in the USA and overseas.
He has authored over 70 technical papers, hold two patents, and received the James Douglas Gold Medal award from SME in 2009. He left FLSmidth at the end of June and has formed a consulting company Ore & Plant Mineralogy LLC.