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Bajura, Richard A.

Professor Emeritus & Director, National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE) - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, Fluids Engineering, 1967 
MSME, University of Notre Dame, Mechanical Engineering, 1964 
BSME, University of Notre Dame, Mechanical Engineering, 1962

Richard Bajura has spent the past 21 years facilitating research programs in energy at West Virginia University. During this time he developed/managed eight major interdisciplinary, interinstitutional research programs addressing a wide range of energy applications from resource extraction to alternative fuels. He is skilled at coordinating and managing research programs involving multiple faculty members, multiple disciplines, and multiple institutions. As the current director of the NRCCE, he oversees a total budget of approximately $14 million per year. NRCCE resources include an expert business office for financial and administrative support of research programs and technical communications support for research reporting.

In his earlier career as an active faculty member and researcher, Bajura was Principal Investigator on 32 supported projects and published over a hundred technical papers and reports and made over 58 technical presentations on research and technology development. He received consistently high teach evaluations from his students.

As an administrator, he has been instrumental in securing more than $250 million in support for research faculty members at WVU. He is actively involved with the ASME Energy Committee, and is a member of the National Coal Council, the Coal Utilization Research Council, the Pittsburgh Coal Conference Advisory Board, and the Fossil Energy Strategic Initiatives for Coal and Power Workgroup. He has strong working relationships with researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory [NETL], having served as an ORAU [Oak Ridge Associated Universities] summer professor at NETL for three years. He is also the WVU Councilor for ORAU. 

Bajura has served with the WV EPSCoR program since 1989 as a member/member emeritus of the West Virginia State Committee, and held positions such as Project Director, Voting Representative to the National EPSCoR Coalition, and manager of the DOE EPSCoR Program.

He is a proven research manager and can provide a wide range of financial and human resource support for research teams in his role as Director of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

Director, National Research Center for Coal and Energy, WVU, 1994-Present 
Associate Provost for Research, WVU, 1990-94 
Director, Energy and Water Research Center, WVU 1984-90 
Asst. Prof., Assoc. Prof., Prof. of Mech. Engr., WVU, 1969,1974,1978-Present 
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University, 1968-69 
Research Engineer, Babcock & Wilcox R&D Center, 1967-68, Summer 73, 74, and 75

Research Focus Areas

Energy Technologies

Research Interests


Service and Outreach

Academic Integrity Officer, West Virginia University, 1999-2005 
President, Washington Coal Club, 1999 
Vice President for Basic Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, 1998-2001 
Executive Secretary, Research Integrity Committee, WVU, 1990-94, 1997-1999 
State Project Director, WV EPSCoR, 1990-92; WV DOE EPSCoR Project Director, 1992-Present 
Chairman, National Association of Mineral Research Institute Directors, 1989-90

Professional Societies

ASME Fellow