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R. Nick Gow, PhD, P.E.

Nick Gow has over 8 years of experience in hands-on metallurgical testing, equipment design and manufacturing, with a focus in mineral processing feasibility. His experience includes design and due-diligence of metallurgical testing campaigns for processes including comminution, gravity, flotation, and leaching of base and precious metals. This includes a focus on process development for whole circuit gold/silver processing (CIC/CIL/CIP) operations, including carbon adsorption and recovery methodologies. He routinely conducts metallurgical pilot and plant audit campaigns domestically and internationally. 

Brittany Garcia, Senior Chemist

Brittany Garcia managed a development lab for nearly five years while maintaining ISO 9001 Quality, Environmental, and Safety standards. She is a microbiologist by training but has established her 12-year career within mining and metallurgy. She began her career in an analytical chemistry lab for a large copper producing company. Later she transitioned into process development work and now has over a decade of experience in bioleaching of low-grade sulfide ores with an emphasis on microbial consortia identification through DNA extractions and sequencing. Her experience includes both laboratory and on-site work to identify optimal leaching conditions for both crushed leach and run-of-mine (ROM) material. She has participated in bio-plant audits and startups in both Arizona and Calama, Chile. Brittany has experience with a variety of analytical equipment such as Atomic Absorption (AA), Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrum (ICP-OES), and microwave digestor instruments. She is also very knowledgeable with biotechnology methods like phase contrast microscopy, Qubit 3.0 for DNA quantification, BLAST Primer design, Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR), and Illumina MiSeq sequencing.

Madeline Orrell, Staff Engineer

Madeline has hands-on experience with electrochemical cells including anodizing processes and fuel cells research. Having joined Forte Analytical soon after launch, she focuses on developing processes, building layout design, data compilation, web design, and marketing. She is also currently pursuing her Fundamentals of Engineering/Engineer in Training (FE/EIT) certification. 

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Barry Carlson, P.E., P.Eng

Barry Carlson has over 30 years of experience in project management and project design for numerous mining projects and operations across the United States, including heap leach water balance management and analyses, feasibility studies, geotechnical design and analyses, site reclamation planning and remedial action planning. Recent acknowledgments include optimizing recovery of heap leach pads and process components, detailed heap leach process analyses and dynamic systems water balances for heap leach operations in the U.S. and abroad. Included in these projects were flow processes analyses and gold recovery projections. Barry’s experience includes management and interactions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and multiple state agencies, including Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), Washington State Department of Health (WDOH), and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for mining projects on federal and private lands in the United States. Areas of expertise include heap leach/process design, feasibility studies, mine closure and reclamation, geotechnical/civil engineering, hydrologic/hydraulic analysis, site characterization, well installation/monitoring, permitting/compliance and construction quality assurance, which he has provided to clients such as Phelps Dodge Corporation, Alexco Resources Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation, Kinross and Goldcorp, Inc.

Adam House, PMP, QP-PM/Process

Adam House has over 20 years of experience as an accomplished professional in the fields of project management, safety and environmental management, project engineering, engineering management, process operations, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy, operational readiness, and construction management. Adam is a strong collaborator with excellent communication and technical skills while effectively planning and executing work. He is very driven with a high success rate on a diverse portfolio of projects. His certifications include Project Management Professional (PMP®), MMSA Qualified Professional – Metallurgy/Processing, and Technical Expert Auditor for the International Cyanide Management Code.

Jeff Winterton, PhD, P.E.

Jeff Winterton has over 12 years of experience engineering, operating, and managing heap leach and mineral processing operations. He has experience in aspects ranging from process operation and optimization to detailed project design and commissioning. Jeff is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Member of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. He has authored and presented several technical papers throughout his career. Dr. Winterton has previously been involved as a metallurgist guiding setup of testing protocols and production tracking and modeling routines for new heap leach facilities. Additionally, he was a process engineer for an on-site team recommissioning and optimizing heap leach crushing plant.

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