Dr. Patton has over 35 years of domestic and international experience in the field of mining engineering which includes 10 years in academia and research. She is a Qualified/Competent Person for economic evaluations and mineral resource/reserves for bedded deposits for dry and/or solution mining. In addition to her resource/reserve work, she has expertise in ventilation and mine environmental. Dr. Patton previously served on the mining engineering faculty and in the management position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research at Montana Technological University. Dr. Patton is an SME Registered Member and a registered professional engineer in Colorado, Montana, and Alabama.