“I am very excited to be reappointed to this distinguished professorship,” Kecojevic said. “I look forward to continued excellence in teaching, research and service to the Department, College and University, and providing leadership at both the national and international level.”
While earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mining engineering from the University of Belgrade, Kecojevic was employed with Krupp Canada from 2000-2001 and was responsible for the design of mining equipment. He was also involved in the planning and design of coal, bauxite and limestone mines in Serbia and Montenegro from 1992 through 2000.
Kecojevic began his academic career at Penn State University and held the Centennial Career Development Professorship in Mining Engineering from 2005-2009. He joined WVU’s Department of Mining Engineering in 2010.
His research areas of expertise include surface mining, surface mine safety, information technology and environmental issues in surface mining. Kecojevic's research has been funded by the mining industry, equipment manufacturers and governmental agencies. He has published his research work in a leading mining- and safety-related peer-reviewed journals.
Kecojevic has been recognized internationally for his contributions to the mining industry. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Erskine Ramsay Medal from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers for his contributions to the research, education and service in surface coal mining and for his international recognition as a researcher, teacher and academic leader.
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