Hoy E. Frakes, Jr. – B.S. 1975







About this Alum

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Degree(s) obtained at Mines: B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, 1975 (Emphasis – Mineral Process and Extractive Metallurgy)

Other Degrees: MBA University of Colorado, 1985 (Emphasis – Production Management)

Favorite Memory from Mines: Graduation – the payoff for a lot of hard work, sports – football and wrestling, new friends from around the world

Hobbies: Hiking (running when I was a younger man), travel, being a grandpa

Advice to Students: The reputation of a Mines degree will proceed you. As a metallurgist, there is no better option. However, that cannot be the end of your journey. This is but the beginning, you must ask, where do you see yourself in 10 years? 25? 40? Setting that goal will help you determine the additional tools you will need to achieve it. A path towards company leadership will require you to branch out into other disciplines such as sales, operations, HSE, to name a few. A pure engineering career path should include continuing to a master’s degree and perhaps onto a doctorate. While academics and business pursuits are important, never forget to build and nurture your personal support system. Finding the balance in life will be the most rewarding task you conquer.

Career Path

  • AMG Aluminum NA: President, Emeritus (2019-2020)
  • AMG Vanadium: President, Emeritus (2000-2019)
  • SPS Non-Ferrous Fasteners: Plant Manager (1999-2000)
  • Titanium Metals: General Manager, Melting; Director, Intermediate Product Sales; Global Procurement Director (1990-1998)
  • Coopers and Lybrand: Sr. Consultant – Manufacturing Systems (1988-1990)
  • The Electron Corporation: Foundry Plant Manager, Quality Assurance Manager (1985-1988)
  • CF&I Steel: Sr. Metallurgist Rail Mill, Sr. Metallurgist – Tubular Products Group, Product Metallurgist – Wide Flange Mill (1980-1984)
  • US Army – Engineering Branch: Construction Engineering Platoon Leader, Combat Engineer Platoon Leader, Executive Officer Construction Company (1976-1980)