Priscilla P Nelson – Building Trust in Tailings Management


In the future, tailings management must approach zero waste production – as production of waste is a fundamental design flaw for an engineered process.  This presentation will discuss materials and supply chains needed to asymptote zero waste  operations for future tailings production.  The presentation will also include discussion of innovations in the remining and management of the legacy, inactive and active tailings being stored in huge volumes at mine sites around the world.


Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson came to the Colorado School of Mines in 2014 as Professor and Department Head of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.  She previously was Provost at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), program director and senior advisor at the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and Professor in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She has an international reputation in geological, geotechnical and tailings engineering, and has been involved in the underground construction and mining industries for over 40 years. She founded the Tailings Center, and serves as the Director for Education and Outreach for the TC.  Dr. Nelson has published more than 180 technical and scientific publications, and has received many honors and awards, including election to The Moles (1995) and induction into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer and being identified as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (by WIM/UK).