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Several mining engineering students and a professor from West Virginia University were recognized at the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America/Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s annual meeting.
Aaron Noble, assistant professor of mining engineering at West Virginia University, has been named a Henry Krumb Lecturer for 2016-17 by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. Noble was one of only 10 selected for the honor from the more than 750 professionals who presented technical papers at the SME Annual Conference and Expo.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory recently awarded West Virginia University a project to survey acid mine drainage solids to identify the concentration and amount of rare earth elements available in AMD solids.
In 2015, the United States generated about four trillion kilowatt hours of electricity, with 33 percent coming from the use of coal. While coal mining as an industry is important not only in the U.S. but abroad, it remains a challenging one, with roof falls accounting for more than 450 injuries over the past three years.
Vladislav Kecojevic, Massey Professor of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded the 2017 Erskine Ramsay Medal from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. The award, which will be presented at SME’s annual conference in February 2017, was established in 1948 to recognize distinguished achievements in the coal mining industry.
West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources has received renewed accreditation for its undergraduate and graduate programs from ABET, the global accreditor of engineering programs.
Harry M. (Red) Conger, president and chief operating officer of Freeport-McMoRan Americas and Africa mining, will speak on Thursday, September 15, as part of West Virginia University’s Department of Mining Engineering’s William N. Poundstone Lecture Series.
Two student organizations at West Virginia University teamed up to participate in flood relief efforts put together by the West Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.