Jim Gusek, Golder Associates In his 39 year professional career as a mining engineer (PE in CO, WY, PA, IL, MO, WV), he has acquired a wide range of experience in mining-related projects which has evolved into an environmental and geotechnical focus. Since 1985, this experience was applied to a number of challenging mine land reclamation projects that included geotechnical investigations, development of grading and reclamation plans and the design of constructed wetlands for treating polluted mine water. With respect to this facet of his career, he is an internationally-recognized authority in the passive treatment of mine drainage. One of his passive treatment projects garnered several awards for engineering excellence, including the 1998 Grand Conceptor Award from the Colorado chapter of the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC) as well as an Honor Award at the ACEC national level. He is also the co-chair of the Mitigation Group of the Metal Mining Sector of the Acid Drainage Technology Initiative (ADTI) and is the editor/co-author of a book on the prevention and treatment of metal mine drainage.
He recently co-invented an innovative technology that uses engineered pumpable foam to deliver and apply site-specifically selected materials to mitigate acid rock drainage. The process is patent-pending.