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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A Review of Several Aspects of US Military Support in the Iraq Recovery

James Sellner, PE, PG
Principal Engineer at MN DNR Division of Lands and Minerals in Hibbing MN
Commander at U.S. Navy Reserve


This presentation will discuss the history, geology, stabilization, engineering, and socioeconomic issues, related to the Mosul Dam.  The presenter will also go to go into detail regarding his work and coordination with USACE on the Dam during his tour in Iraq July 2006 to May 2007.  This presentation will address health and safety of US troops and the public in Iraq. 


Speaker Bio:  

Commander Jim Sellner was recalled to active duty in 2006-2007 and served as the Deputy Director for Oil Reconstruction Sector in Iraq.  This involved everything from acidifying oil wells to the refurbishment of the Al Basra Oil Terminal in the Persian Gulf.  He served as Deputy Program Manager for a $1.7 Billion construction program including 1300 military, government, and contract personnel in refurbishing and equipment procurement to bring Iraq’s oil production to pre-war levels.  He also served as lead engineer on the stabilization of the Mosul Dam. 

In his civilian life, Jim is a principal engineer for the MN DNR Division of Lands & Minerals in Hibbing, MN.  He leads a staff of engineers, geologists, and engineering technicians in performing professional Mining/Geological Engineering work involving Minnesota State-owned lands & minerals.  He conducts feasibility studies of the technical, economic, and environmental merits of mine development plans & proposal.  He also serves as the chief inspection engineer as well as head project engineer for all geotechnical projects including tailings dams and pit slope stability.  His expertise in the preparation of environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAW) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).

Jim has a BS in Mining Engineering from the U of MN Institute of Technology and a MS in Geological Engineering from the  University of Minnesota.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Professional Geologist in the State of Minnesota.

Meeting Schedule and Logistics:

  • Social time and lunch (if you so desire) will be from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the dining room of the Officers Club.
  • The Club’s cafeteria-style lunches are typically $10.00 or less; people who partake in the cafeteria-style lunch will pay the Officers Club directly.  If you come only for the presentations, there is no charge. 
  • Post Meeting and Presentation will be from 12:30 PM to about 1:15 PM in the Lower-Level Meeting Room of the Officers Club.
  • 1-PDH for this Presentation.



Please RSVP with your intent to either partake in the cafeteria-style lunch or to come for the presentation only; this will help the Officers Club staff to ensure that an adequate amount of food is prepared.  Either leave a voice mail message with Michelle Larson at 651-290-5632, or click the RSVP button in the left-hand column, or send an email message to


Meeting Location: 

Fort Snelling Officer's Club near Post Road.  See map at: