This symposium is to honor of Dr. Krishna Parameswaran, a dedicated metallurgist by recognizing his contributions to promoting sustainable development in copper mining, mineral and metallurgical processing over a 34-year career in non-ferrous metals production.
Krishna Parameswaran, 73, received a Bachelor of Technology degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India in 1968, a Master of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1971 and a Doctor of Philosophy in metallurgy from Pennsylvania State University in 1974. He has been a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania since 1989.
He is currently President of tfgMM Strategic Consulting located in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A. a consulting company focusing on environmental compliance, permitting and sustainable development in the extractive industries, especially metal mining and metal recycling industries. Krishna retired from ASARCO LLC (Asarco) after 34 years of service on March 31, 2015. He joined Asarco, an integrated primary U.S. copper producer, as a Senior Research Engineer in 1981 at Asarco’s Central Research Laboratories in South Plainfield, New Jersey. His most recent position was Director of Environmental Services and Compliance Assurance in Asarco’s Environmental Affairs Department in Tucson, Arizona. His responsibilities included oversight of environmental permitting and compliance activities at Asarco’s operating facilities; coordination of environmental activities among the facilities; providing technical support to environmental programs within the operations; developing environmental policy, goals and objectives for the company and operations and ensuring internal consistency within Asarco on environmental issues. In addition, he coordinated the company’s Sustainable Development activities and managed its Environmental Management System (EMS) and compliance auditing programs. He has edited and authored/coauthored chapters in books dealing with sustainability development considerations in mining, innovative mineral and metallurgical process development and marketing and has published a number of papers on sustainability, water and energy use and conservation, resource conservation, reclamation in the arid areas of the southwestern United States and innovative post-mining land uses and the utilization of copper slags and tailings to produce geopolymers as an effective cement substitute. He has made numerous presentations to university students and professional societies on sustainability considerations in mining, innovative reclamation techniques in arid areas, water management in the mining industry and advocated innovative land use, during mining and post-mining, by siting of renewable energy projects on disturbed mine lands.
Prior to joining Asarco, he was a member of professional staff in the Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Section of Arthur D. Little, Inc., engineering and management consultancy located in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. He contributed importantly to ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy projects involving process and technology evaluation, process development, energy use and conservation, scrap recycling, solid waste utilization, mathematical modeling, environmental impact analysis and policy analysis.
Parameswaran has been in interested in sustainable development for well over two decades. As Director of Environmental Services and Compliance Assurance at Asarco he advocated for the incorporation of sustainable mining practices throughout the entire production life cycle in the company’s operation. He led the company’s efforts to push for sustainability in the area of reclamation and innovative land use that led to the siting of a 57-MW photovoltaic solar generating facility on retired agricultural land that had been acquired for water rights purposes.
During his tenure at Asarco, he was also a strong proponent of collaboration with stakeholders on sustainability initiatives. For example, he led the development of research partnership with various departments of the University of Arizona and the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. Examples of projects include:
ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
A round table discussion open to everyone interested will be organized at a specific date and time during the symposium. It will be a platform for high level representatives of various industries, technologies, and academic disciplines to freely discuss and debate all topics of this symposium, and identify positive and efficient pathways towards sustainability in industrial practices, technologies, and research.
You are cordially invited to actively participate in this symposium by submitting and presenting a paper, or by attending the round table. We look forward to meeting you at the Cyprus, October 2019.