Tarshizi Named Outstanding Young Scientist

By Xena Cortez | Published

A professor at Michigan Technological University will travel to Denver later this month to accept a prestigious award from an international organization.

Ebrahim K. Tarshizi, an assistant professor of mining engineering in Tech’s Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Industrial Minerals and Aggregates Division (IM&D) Outstanding Young Scientist Award by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

Tarshizi’s educational background shows his enthusiasm and passion for mining engineering. He earned a PhD degree in geo-engineering/mining engineering from the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He also received a master’s in mining engineering with a graduate minor in business from UNR and an MBA from UNR’s College of Business. Tarshizi earned his bachelor’s degree in mining-exploration engineering from Azad University in Iran,and is currently a master’s candidate in Data Science, an interdisciplinary program at Michigan Tech.

Candace A. Trimble, senior geologist from Oil-Dri Corporation of America, nominated Tarshizi for the award, noting he “has been significantly contributing to SME, mining education and industry. He is highly qualified due to his dedication and valuable services to the IM&AD.”

Tarshizi’s previous advisor, Jaak Daemen at University of Nevada, Reno, says Tarshizi “is a strikingly good and enthusiastic communicator. He has established, very quickly and very successfully, a broad and highly diversified professional network. For example, he has become intensely involved in a range of professional activities with and through SME. He has created and organized multiple sessions on mine simulation. As a result, he has, for someone this young and this early in his career, established an amazing, large and diverse professional network, in academia, in private industry and in government research-sponsoring agencies.”

"I am truly honored and very grateful to receive such a prestigious award and recognition."Ebrahim Tarshizi

The Young Scientist Award, established by the IM&AD Division in 1985, brings recognition of scientific professionalism to young people working in the industrial minerals and aggregates industry. The award consists of a plaque, a trip to the annual meeting and a stipend to help defray expenses while attending the meeting.

Tarshizi says “I am truly honored and very grateful to receive such a prestigious award and recognition by SME. I would like to thank the IM&AD award committee, my nominators, colleagues and mentors.”

One of letters of support stated Tarshizi’s “approach to having successfully restarted the mining engineering program at Michigan Tech has included the creation of a new state-of-the-art simulation lab and a re-assessment of the way that traditional subjects have been treated.”

In making the award announcement, SME stated “As a young professional, he has significantly contributed to SME, mining education and the mining industry. He is well deserving of this award.”

John Gierke, chair of the GMES department at Michigan Tech, says “our department is very pleased for Dr Tarshizi's recognition as it validates his efforts in mining research and education. He expends extraordinary effort in fostering research and professional skills in our students, and this award reassures him that these efforts are valued highly, both by the award committee but also by those of us who supported his nomination. Dr Tarshizi possesses a wisdom and vision that is beyond his years. He is a highly dynamic, thoughtful, and pro-active researcher, educator and mentor. Remarkably, he combines the enthusiasm and energy of a young investigator with the wisdom and breadth of vision of someone much more experienced.”

Tarshizi will accept the award at the SME 2017 Annual Conference and Expo, CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver and at the IMAD Luncheon on Tuesday Feb. 21.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.

Last Modified 12:05 p.m. June, 8 2018