Newmont’s Russell Sheets receives award from SME

Russell Sheets, Senior Geotechnical Engineer for Newmont’s Carlin surface operations, recently received the Robert Peele Memorial Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.

The Robert Peele Memorial Award Committee selects the best paper or series of papers related to the Mining & Exploration Division published in an SME publication within a two-year period ending December 31. Russell was recognized for his paper, Remediation of large-scale slope failures and impact on mine development at the Gold Quarry Mine, published in Mining Engineering Tech Papers, November, 2014. Russell received his award at the SME 2016 Annual Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona last week.

Russell joined Newmont as a geotechnical engineer in 2005. He was promoted into the role of senior geotechnical engineer for the operation at the end of 2007 and continued in this capacity until fall 2015, when he accepted a year-long assignment as a safety leadership coach, providing one-on-one safety coaching to frontline foremen. Russell graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering from Montana Tech at the University of Montana in 2002. He received a Master of Science, also in geological engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Sheets is a registered member of SME, as well as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Rock Mechanics Association. He holds a professional engineers license in civil engineering in Nevada.

Congratulations to Russell on a well-deserved distinction.