McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Anna Balazs, PhD, distinguished professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and also the current Robert Von der Luft professor in that department, has been selected as the 5th recipient of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology "Mines Medal." This award recognizes the overall contributions of Dr. Balazs' career, her influence in engineering or science, and the significance of extraordinary, meritorious, or prestigious contributions toward resolution or understanding of the technological challenges that impact society. Candidates for the Mines Medal:
- show evidence of being transformational individuals, often as rising or confirmed leaders in their fields.
- are scientific or technical leaders who motivate and inspire.
- have specific accomplishments in an appropriate field.
- further the frontiers and expand the boundaries of engineering or science.
The Mines Medal, initiated in 2009, is a national award given annually by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to honor engineers and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation. The award highlights the significant role these individuals play to ensure the United States' global preeminence in engineering and science.
The Mines Medal Award medallion includes images of the Homestake Gold Mine, a Black Hills grape leaf, and rays of sun emanating from a silhouette of the Black Hills. These traditional symbols of the Black Hills reflect the School of Mines' longstanding connections to the Homestake Mine in Lead, South Dakota, including the university's current leadership role in the Sanford Underground Laboratory at Homestake, and the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota that the School of Mines has called home for 126 years. Materials used in the medallion include 10kt gold and 12kt Black Hills gold in total amount equivalent to one ounce of 24kt gold, and copper and silver.
Illustration: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (medal image).