Milton E. Wadsworth, one of the county's leading metallurgists, has been named president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.

Wadsworth, dean of the College of Mines and Earth Sciences at the University of Utah, has researched surface chemistry in mineral systems, hydrometallurgy, the kinetics of extractive metallurgy and electrochemical applications in mineral systems. He will step down as dean this year to return to full-time teaching and research.