Dr. Yoon Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon, Nicholas T. Camicia Professor in the Department of Mining & Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

According to the Academy, Dr. Yoon was elected for his “advancing the surface chemistry of mineral systems and developing new mineral processing technology and flotation kinetic models.”

Yoon earned his bachelor’s in mining engineering from Seoul National University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from McGill University in 1977.
He arrived at Virginia Tech in 1978 as a member of the mining and minerals engineering department. Dr. Yoon is recognized internationally for his pioneering contributions to the technology and science of mineral processing. “The College of Engineering has long recognized the technological and scientific achievements of Dr. Yoon. He is a true pioneer in clean coal technology, working for more than 30 years in this field. His outstanding reputation has led to numerous awards, and he is well-known in Washington, D.C., especially by the Department of Energy (DoE) for his work in the mining and minerals arena,” said Richard Benson, dean of the college.

Dr. Yoon is the director of the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST), founded in 2001 under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy. The center is a consortium of six universities in addition to Virginia Tech –– West Virginia University, University of Kentucky, Montana Tech, University of Nevada at Reno, New Mexico Tech, and the University of Utah. Its goal is to develop advanced separation technologies that can be used to produce clean solid, liquid and gaseous fuels from domestic energy resources in an efficient and environmentally acceptable manner.