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Barbara Arnold named a 2011 Alumni Fellow; third recipient from campus

Alumni Fellow Barb Arnold
Barbara Arnold is a member of the campus Advisory Board and the Alle-Kiski Alumni Society.
10/14/2011 —



Barbara J. Arnold, longtime member of the Penn State New Kensington Advisory Board and the Alle-Kiski Alumni Society, was recognized October 5 as a 2011 Alumni Fellow at Penn State University Park. Alumni Fellow is the most prestigious award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. Twenty-four alumni were feted this year with an awards dinner at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Arnold is the third recipient from the campus. Charles Carson, former president of the campus Advisory Board, was honored in 2002, and Robert Arbuckle, former campus executive officer, received the award in 2004. The award is given to alumni who, as leaders in their professional fields, return to the University Park campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators.

Arnold is the founder and president of PrepTech Inc., an engineering services and mineral processing equipment company in Apollo, Pa. Her company offers engineering services to coal companies and offers cyclones, spirals, froth flotation columns, and filter presses to the coal and mineral processing industry. The company is also the U.S. representative for Multotec Process Equipment and PrepQuip, both from the Republic of South Africa.

Her research and development experience--which has included projects for government, industry funding agencies, and private companies--has been in the areas of coal cleaning, coal handling, coal blending, coal cleaning characterizations, and flowsheet evaluations.

An author of more than 50 publications, as well as numerous technical reports, Arnold chairs the Coal & Energy Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME). She is also on the editorial boards of Mining Engineering, Coal Preparation: A Multinational Journal, and the International Journal of Mineral Processing.

Arnold was honored with the 2006 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Distinguished Member Award. She received the J. W. Woomer Young Engineer Award from the Coal Division in 1992 and received the Henry DeWitt Smith Trust of AIME Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Mineral Engineering for 1985–86.

Arnold is a member and past president of Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEMS) Alumni Society and co-chaired the private phase of the New Kensington campus’ “For the Future” campaign. In addition to her service, Arnold has supported Penn State in a variety of campus projects.

She established the Student Leadership Development Fund in 1999 to support awards, guest speakers and travel related to student leadership programs. In 2008, she created the Barbara J. Arnold Global Initiatives Program Support Fund that promotes cultural awareness and diversity enhancement.

Arnold's roots to Penn State New Kensington go back to 1978 when she attended the campus for two years before earning her bachelor's (1982), master's (1985) and doctorate (1989) degrees at Penn State University Park.

As a student at New Kensington, Arnold was a scholarship recipient and president of the Student Government Association. She was honored with the Walker Award that is given to the student whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship and leadership contribute to the prestige of the campus. Arnold continues to be active on both the New Kensington and the University Park campuses.

A life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Arnold lives in Apollo, Pa.

The Alumni Fellow program is administered by the alumni association in cooperation with the University’s academic colleges, campuses and the Office of the President. Alumni are nominated by a college or campus as leaders in their professional fields and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators. Each Alumni Fellow received a commemorative award, designed and hand cast by Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, an acclaimed sculptor and medalist and an Alumni Fellow.

The PSAA is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world with more than 165,000 members. Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University’s mission of teaching, research and service.

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