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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized Dr. Marek Locmelis with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Locmelis is an assistant professor of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering at S&T.
The five-year, $550,000 award will support Locmelis’ research into economically important metals such as nickel, copper and platinum – where they come from, how they are transported, and where they are most likely to be concentrated in mineable deposits.
The CAREER award supports early career faculty with potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department and organization, according to the NSF. Faculty efforts should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.
In addition to his CAREER research on the fundamental processes that underlie the formation of metal deposits, another focus of Locmelis’ research is supply chain resilience for critical minerals, such as cobalt and rare earth elements. He chairs an NSF-supported workshop on supply chain resilience that will be held at S&T in late 2020. He further studies how metals and other contaminants are redistributed during catastrophic flood events, such as the 2019 floods along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.
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