Appendix A
Committee and Staff Biographies

Corale L. Brierley, Chair (NAE), provides technical and business consultation to the mining and chemical industries and government organizations through Brierley Consultancy LLC. Previously, Dr. Brierley worked as chemical microbiologist at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, as chief of environmental process development for Newmont Mining Corporation, as general partner at VistaTech Partnership, Ltd., and as president of Advanced Mineral Technologies, Inc. Her research interests include the treatment and management of metal-bearing aqueous, solid, and radioactive wastes and biotechnology applied to mine production. She is on the International Advisory Committee for the Biohydrometallurgy Symposia and the Editorial Board for Hydrometallurgy Journal. Dr. Brierley served on the National Academy of Engineering’s 2007 Nominating Committee, Committee on Membership, and the Grainger Challenge Prize Committee. She has served on several National Research Council (NRC) committees, including the Committee on the Superfund Site Assessment and Remediation in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin, the Committee on Technology for the Mining Industries, the Committee on Earth Resources, the Committee on Novel Approaches to the Management of Greenhouse Gases, and chair of the Committee to Review the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) Mineral Resources Program. She also chairs the Engineering Panel for the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships Program. Dr. Brierley holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Francis P. Burke retired at the end of 2006 after serving in the research and development department of CONSOL Energy Inc. (and its predecessor organizations) since 1975. In 1996 he became vice president of Research and Development, with



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