Globally recognized as a leading authority in extractive metallurgy, Dr. Bhappu was a visionary pioneer in biohydrometallurgy. He published over 100 technical papers and co-authored several books on mineral processing, metallurgy, and environmental remediation, and was granted several patents in bacterial leaching of sulfide ores and the recovery of metal values through in-situ extraction. While head of the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Bhappu received numerous research grants from the U.S. Bureau of Mines to further his cutting-edge research in biological oxidation of sulfide minerals. At his research lab, Mountain States R & D International, he built a reputation for developing efficient and optimized metallurgical flowsheets while advancing energy conservation and new mineral processing technologies. This combination significantly reduced capital and operating costs without compromising the metallurgical process and led to a world-renowned standing as an innovator in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. He was an expert advisor to the minerals industry and international agencies such as the World Bank and the United Nations. Bhappu was the first Asian President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). He was the recipient of numerous awards, including Colorado School of Mines' van Diest Gold Medal for outstanding achievement, AIME Robert Richards Award for distinction in metallurgy, and the Mining & Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA) Gold Medal Award for his dedicated efforts in mineral research and to the mining industry overall.
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