2023 Stakeholder Meeting

2023 Alaska CORE-CM Stakeholder Input Meeting

September 13–14, 2023
University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center


Recordings & Presentations
(by session, where available)


Day 1: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Welcoming remarks

Pat Pitney, President, UA

Nettie LaBelle-Hamer, Vice Chancellor for Research, UAF

Introduction to CORE-CM in Alaska

Grant Bromhal,  Acting Director, Minerals Sustainability Program

Jessica Mullen, Technology Manager, Critical Minerals & Materials, National Energy Technology Laboratory

John Crowther, Deputy Commissioner

Expanding the University of Alaska's capabilities to support Alaska's REE/CM industry

Panel Discussion: Building Capacity


Bill Schnabel, Dean, College of Engineering and Mines, UAF

  • Tathagata Ghosh, Mineral Industrial Research Center, UAF
  • Marty Liu, Advanced Instrumentation Laboratory, UAF
  • Sean Regan, Geochronology Mineral Separation Facility, UAF
  • Martin Stuefer, Hyperspectral Imaging Laboratory, UAF
  • Lee Ann Munk, Critical Minerals Hydrogeochemistry Lab and Applied Science Technology and Engineering Lab, UAA
  • Brandon Briggs, Advanced Instrumentation for Microbiome Studies Core Lab Facility, UAA

Meeting CORE-CM mining needs through training and workforce development

Panel Discussion: Workforce & Education


Billy Connor
Acting Director, Institute of Northern Engineering

Discovery and characterization

Marwan Wartes, Chief, Energy Resources Section, DGGS

Alaskan Placer Tailings – a search for critical materials
Erik Spiller, Colorado School of Mines

AI: Opportunities in Minerals Discovery
Rajive Ganguli,
University of Utah

Enhancing onsite mining

Panel Discussion: Precision Mining, onsite pre-concentrating, and other advancements

Jim Patten, SVP of Technology, Red Leaf Resources Inc.
On Site REE/CM Beneficiation in Alaska – An Opportunity

Expanding Alaska’s mining industry into REE/CM

Panel Discussion

Rajive Ganguli, University of Utah

  • Brian Erickson, General Manager, Greens Creek
  • Justin Seavey, Usibelli Coal Mine
  • David Szumigala, DGGS


Day 2: Thursday, September 14, 2023

DOE Critical Minerals: Unconventional Sources

Domestic Wastes and Byproducts – A Resource for Critical Material Supply Chains
Evan Granite, DOE

Graphite One Update

Kevin Torpy, Vice President Operations, Graphite One (Alaska) Inc.

Setting the stage for REE/CM development: A State strategic plan

Panel Discussion

Steve Masterman, Consultant
Critical Mineral Strategic Plans