In 2011, Molycorp established the “Technology Fellow Program,” which recognizes “outstanding technological leadership, innovation, and excellence” among the company’s employees in the areas of research and development.
Technological innovation is central to Molycorp’s mission and its long term success. As such, the company places enormous value in the growth and development of its scientists. As a Technology Fellow, Molycorp scientists have the opportunity to reach the highest levels of the company’s management structure, and the role in the company is equivalent to a Vice President.
In July 2011, Molycorp named its inaugural Technology Fellow: its chief scientist and employee of 26 years, Brock O’Kelley. Brock is credited with leading the development of many of the key process and technology improvements – featured in Molycorp’s new facilities – that are central to its cost competitiveness and superior environmental performance.
Brock joined Molycorp in 1985 at the Louviers, Colorado, separations facility as a Process Engineer, and he was transferred to the Mountain Pass in 1990 to serve as the Superintendent of the Rare Earth Separations plant. Over the years, Brock held numerous positions at Mountain Pass including Operations Manager, Technology Manager, and Director of Technology. Brock graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1974 with a B.S. in Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy.