W. Joseph (Joe) Schlitt III, PhD, PE

Title: President
Company: Hydrometal Incorporated
Location: Knightsen, California, United States

Joseph Schlitt, President at Hydrometal Incorporated, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in metallurgical engineering.

Growing up, Dr. Schlitt always thought he was going to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and become a registered mechanical engineer. In school, however, he found that his passions laid more with chemistry than with math, making metallurgical engineering a better choice. Dr. Schlitt followed his dreams and ended up earning a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1964 and a PhD in metallurgy from Pennsylvania State University in 1968. He also became a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas and a qualified professional of the Mining & Metallurgical Society of America.

Upon graduating, Dr. Schlitt set out to make his mark on the field. His first professional position was as a scientist at the Kennecott Minerals Company, followed by a senior scientist, manager of the hydrometallurgy department, and principal program manager. He left Kennecott in 1982 in favor of joining Brown & Root, Incorporated, as a process staff manager. Dr. Schlitt was later promoted to the technology manager and chemical product line manager. Afterward, he garnered experience as the manager of process technical metals in the engineering and construction division of Akev-Kvaerner, director of metallurgy and principal consulting metallurgist at Akev-Kvaerner, and private practice consultant in Knightsen, California. He is currently putting his skills to use as the president of Hydrometal Incorporated.

When Dr. Schlitt isn’t working, he enjoys using his knowledge to connect with his peers. He has contributed more than 60 technical articles to professional journals, trade publications, and process volumes, and has served as editor to publications like “In Situ Uranium Leaching and Ground Water Restoration.” Additionally, he has been a member of the international advisory board of In Situ Journal, a distinguished member of the Society of Mining, and a member of the solution mining oversight committee for the National Science Foundation, among other notable positions.

The highlight of Dr. Schlitt’s career, however, was receiving the Wadsworth Award. This award is special to him because it’s based on his lifetime of work and contributions to metallurgical processing. Dr. Schlitt is also proud to have earned two Arthur F. Taggart Awards. If he could offer some advice to future metallurgical engineers, it would be to remember the importance of knowing the fundamentals, even when moving into various specialties.

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