Dr. Miller was a member of the NRC Committee on Risk Assessment of Methyl Bromide and a reviewer of Regulations Affecting Mining on Public Lands (1999).

Raja V. Ramani holds the Anne B. and George H. Deike, Jr., Chair in Mining Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. A graduate of the Indian School of Mines, he holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in mining engineering from Penn State, where he has been on the faculty since 1970. His research activities include flow mechanisms of air, gas, and dust in mining environs, innovative mining methods, and health, safety, productivity, and environmental issues in the mineral industry. He has published more than 200 research papers, contributed to 25 books, and edited the proceedings of 15 national and international symposiums. He has been a consultant to the United Nations and the World Bank and has received numerous awards from academia and technical and professional societies. He was the 1995 president of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration and served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Mine Health Research Advisory Committee (1991–1998). Dr. Ramani was the chair of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Post Disaster Survival and Rescue (1979–1981), and a member of the Health Research Panel of the NAS Committee on Research Programs of the U.S. Bureau of Mines (1994). He was a member of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Advisory Board to the director of U.S. Bureau of Mines (1995) and a member of the secretary of labor’s Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Coal Worker’s Pneumoconiosis (1995–1996).

John E. Tilton is the William J. Coulter Professor of Mineral Economics in the Division of Economics and Business at the Colorado School of Mines and a university fellow at Resources for the Future. He is a former director of the Division of Economics and Business and a past president of the Mineral Economics and Management Society. His teaching and research interests over the past 30 years have focused on economic and policy issues associated with the metal industries and markets. His recent research has focused on the environment and mining, material substitution, long-run trends in metal demand, the recycling of metals, the sources of productivity growth in mining, and changes in comparative advantage in metal trade. He worked for a year as an Economic Affairs Officer for the Mineral and Metals Branch of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Switzerland and spent two years at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria directing a research program on mineral trade and markets. More recently, he has been a visiting fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C.; a senior Fulbright scholar at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines in Paris; and a visiting scholar at the Centro de Mineria at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. Dr. Tilton also served on various NRC boards and committees, most recently on the Panel on Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting.

Robert Bruce Tippin is the research director of the Minerals Research Laboratory and adjunct professor in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University. He has more than 30 years of experience worldwide in the technical management of mineral-related activities, including applied research, conceptual development, design, engineering, and project management from construction through start-up. He also has five years of plant operating experience. Processes that he has been been involved with include a variety of commodities, including salt, potash, gold, copper, uranium, clay, bauxite, numerous industrial minerals, aggregates, and recycled metal recovery. Dr. Tippin is the author of more than 50 technical publications and has served on committees for various professional organizations. He received his M.S. in mineral engineering from the University of Alabama and his Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Rong-Yu Wan is manager of metallurgical research at Newmont Mining Corporation and adjunct professor in the Metallurgical Engineering Department, College of Mines and Earth Sciences of the University of Utah. Prior to this, she was research professor in the Metallurgical Engineering Department of the University of Utah, supervisor and chief of the Extractive Metallurgical Division, Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and project manager for Beijing Mineral Processing Research Institute. She earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from Chiao Tung University, China, and her Ph.D. in metallurgy and metallurgical engineering from the University of Utah. In addition to directing research and development projects, she has done both fundamental and applied research in mineral processing and chemical metallurgical processes and has developed numerous innovative technologies. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

NRC Staff

Tamara L. Dickinson is a senior staff officer for the NRC Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. She has served as program director for the Petrology and Geochemistry Program in the Division of Earth Sciences at the National Science Foundation and as discipline scientist for the Planetary Materials and Geochemistry Program at NASA Headquarters. As a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Johnson Space Center, she conducted experiments on the origin and evolution of lunar rocks and highly reduced igneous meteorites. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in geology from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in geology from the University of Northern Iowa.

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