The staff at FAS constitutes a team of professionals with varied technical abilities, especially adapted to work on projects requiring a complete range of laboratory services. Their backgrounds consist of over 100 years of analytical chemistry experience in the mining and chemical processing industries. Key professional personnel are briefly introduced below:
Daniel W. Kappes, Owner, is a mining and metallurgical engineer and has been associated with the company since 1972. Dan is a recognized authority on precious metals heap leaching and has presented several technical papers on the subject. In addition to work on numerous small projects, he has directed laboratory and field testing on several projects that have subsequently become major precious metal mines.
Terence E. Albert, Manager of Laboratory Services, has over 32 years of experience in all facets of metallurgical and chemical testing laboratories. He manages all aspects of the metallurgical and analytical facility, schedules and executes research and contract testing projects and oversees the issuance of completed reports and data. He has directed the design and setup of several commercial assay facilities in the United States and South America. This work included the training of personnel in sample preparation, wet chemical and fire assay procedures. He has been in charge of all laboratory services for KCA since 1991.
Douglas Hensen, Senior Research Chemist, holds a BS in Chemistry and has over 30 years of experience in analytical laboratory testing. Prior to joining the staff at KCA, Doug has been laboratory, operations and technical manager as well as senior/chief chemist at various commercial laboratories where he was instrumental in their success. At KCA his duties include special project research and all HS&E aspects at the facility.
Mario Desilets, Senior Chemist/Geochemist, has over 30 years of experience in analytical geochemistry. This includes 27 years at the Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology and 7 years at commercial analytical laboratories. His chief duties are the supervision of all FAS analytical functions.