Jon J Kellar (1990)

Professor/Douglas Fuerstenau Professor/Nucor Professor

Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MET)


B.S., M.S., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Ph.D., University of Utah

(605) 394-2343
MI 112 / MET (campus map)
Research Expertise
• Interfacial Phenomena • Applied Surface Chemistry • Formulation of Security Inks • Froth Flotation
Brief Bio
Kellar is the Douglas Fuerstenau Professor of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at the SD School of Mines and Technology. He has been on the faculty since 1990, and in 1994 was selected as an National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow and in 2016 a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
Kellar’s achievements include novel undergraduate programs that integrate mineral processing, pyrometallurgy and physical metallurgy to support kinesthetic-based curricular development and outreach. Kellar is most proud of the lasting impact he has had on undergraduate education within the mineral industries. These latter accomplishments have been recognized nationally by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which recognized him as the 2008 South Dakota Professor of the Year. He also received the Benard Ennenga Faculty Award and the SDSMT Presidential Award. In 2015 Kellar was selected as to receive the 2015 Mineral Industry Education Award by the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.

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