Jim Gebhardt graduated with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Minerals Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He then joined the U. S. Bureau of Mines at Avondale, MD, and moved to the Bureau’s Salt Lake City Research Center when the Bureau closed the Avondale facility. In between, he spent one year at the Mineral Processing Laboratory of the Italian National Research Council, in Rome, Italy. Jim joined the private industry sector in 1991 with Control International, Inc. in Salt Lake City as a senior engineer and group leader.  In 1996, he co-founded Process Engineering Resources Inc. with four partners, where they developed the PERI PX-2100 X-Ray Fluorescence elemental analyzer, automatic ball charging equipment and software & simulation technology.  In 2012, FLSmidth purchased PERI and Jim joined the Automation Division as a technical specialist.  He moved to the FLSmidth Mining R&D group in 2019 providing technical support for the comminution and flotation research portfolios and retired from FLS in 2022. Jim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been an active member of SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration) since 1976.  He is the current Section Editor-in-Chief for Mineral & Metallurgical Processing for SME’s technical journal Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.

In 2024, three faculty members and ten alumni from the UC Berkeley College of Engineering are elected to NAE, accounting for more than 10% of this year’s new members. For more information, please visit https://engineering.berkeley.edu/news/2024/02/three-uc-berkeley-professors-named-to-nae/