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Peng, Syd S.

Professor Emeritus - Mining Engineering

Approved Graduate Faculty for Statler MS and PhD committees


M.S., Mining Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Tech, 1967 
Ph.D., Mining Engineering, Stanford University, 1970

I was born and received my undergraduate education in mining engineering in Taiwan. I came to the U.S. for advanced study in 1965. From 1970 to 1974, I worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in Minneapolis, MN and joined West Virginia University in 1974. In 1978 I was appointed Chairman of the Department of Mining Engineering and serve in that position ever since. In 1985 I established the Longwall Mining and Ground Control Research Center. In 1987 I was appointed C. T. Holland Distinguished Professor, and in 2006 I was appointed Charles E. Lawall Chair in Mining Engineering.
The newest revised " Longwall 2nd edition" was published in October,2006.

Research Focus Areas

Energy Technologies

Research Interests

Coal Mine Ground Control 
Surface Subsidence 
Longwall Mining

Teaching Interests

Coal Mine Ground Control 
Longwall Mining

Special Interests


Professional Societies

Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) of the AIME 
Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (United Kingdom)