Extraction & Processing Division

The Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) is home to those TMS members whose work is related to the extraction and processing of minerals and metals from mined ores, concentrates, and recycled materials using pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical, and electrochemical processes, emphasizing the technical, engineering, environmental, and economic principles of such processes. This division also addresses further processing of nonferrous metals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, precious metals, lead, zinc, and tin and their products by techniques such as refining, purification, alloying, solidification, thermomechanical treatment, and surface coating into finished and semifinished products.

The EPD provides a forum for interaction among professionals from all areas of the extraction and processing communities, including operators and managers from industry, academics, and consultants.

Meet the EPD Chair

Cindy Belt

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Get Involved

You can contribute to the work of the TMS Extraction & Processing Division by joining a TMS technical committee. Begin by selecting the EPD committee that best aligns with your professional interests. TMS issues a Call for Volunteers each year in February, inviting members to join a TMS technical committee. You can respond to this call for volunteers and attend a technical committee meeting in person at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Please Note: TMS membership is required for committee membership.

As a technical committee member, you can become further involved in developing technical programming, publications content, and professional development events. You can also get involved by nominating a candidate for an EPD award, which recognizes excellence within the EPD's scope of activities. For a complete listing of ways to get involved with TMS, visit the Volunteer Opportunities section of the website.

In 2017, TMS also held a Materials Photography Contest to support Technical Division Scholarships. To see contest entries, view the album on Flickr.

For More Information

Please visit the Volunteer Resources section of the site. If you cannot find the information you need, please contact the TMS Volunteerism Staff.