David S. Butts, Trace Minerals Advisory Board Member

David S. Butts

Certified Chemical Engineer

Member of Advisory Board for TMR

Learn more about David S. Butts on his website dsbinternational.com.

Biographical Sketch


BSChE, University of Utah, 1960
Continuing Education: Reliability and Statistics; Strategy of Experimentation; Brine Biological System; Financial System; Performance Management; Management Reinforcement; Roadmap To Problem Solving.
Certified by the American Institute of Chemists.

Professional Background

Mr. Butts has 45 years of experience in practical engineering. Forty years have been devoted exclusively to the extraction of minerals and salts from lakes, oceans, salars, and underground deposits.

Mr. Butts participated in the design and operation of a 35,000 acre solar pond complex, now in operation at Ogden, Utah. He designed solar ponds for FMC in Argentina, for the Bureau of Chemical Mines at the Quidam Basin, China. He has supervised the building of hundreds of kilometers of solar pond dikes on every continent. He has aided in the design and operation of plants manufacturing potassium sulfate, potassium chloride, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, soda ash, borax, sulfur, lithium carbonate, lithium chloride, sodium and potassium nitrate, iodine, and bromine.

From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Butts was vice president of GSL Solar Consultants and Advisors Inc. He consulted with clients in the United States and abroad. This includes salt plants and refineries in over 30 countries. In addition to practical engineering experience, he has given training lectures in China, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Uganda, USSR, and the United States. 1n 1998, IMC Global purchased Great Salt Lake Minerals and renamed it IMC Kalium. Mr. Butts now consults with IMC and with other clients under the name of DSB International, Inc.

Mr. Butts received The George Harris Chairman's Award for engineering excellence in 1995. He is an honorary Research Fellow at the Center of Saline Lakes, Academy of Geological Science, China. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists.

Mr. Butts has published over 30 papers and books combined and has been awarded 5 patents. A list of some of his published books and papers can be seen here.