Injuries and deaths caused by roof collapses and falling debris, common culprits for underground mine accidents, could be prevented by the unlikely force of robots and drones, thanks to the work of West Virginia University engineers.
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The West Virginia Water Research Institute at West Virginia University has been awarded $5 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to scale up its successful Rare Earth Recovery Project, which will include building a facility at a new acid mine drainage treatment plant near Mount Storm.
Vladislav Kecojevic, the Robert E. Murray chair and professor of mining engineering at West Virginia University, has been awarded the Medal of Honor by the president and board of directors of TH Georg Agricola University in Bochum, Germany, for his contributions to strengthen the international academic network in education and research.
Governor of West Virginia Jim Justice delivered the Poundstone Lecture on Thursday, September 19, as part of West Virginia University’s Department of Mining Engineering’s William N. Poundstone Lecture Series at the Erickson Alumni Center.
West Virginia University mining engineers are developing a method to create a self-supply of rare earth elements in the United States from coal waste.
While researchers at West Virginia University were testing coal miners’ safety gloves to help reduce lost-time accidents, they went a step further. Eduardo Sosa, a research associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and Marta Moure, a post-doctoral fellow from Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain, reduced the need for future physical testing of the gloves through computer simulations.
West Virginia University President Gordon Gee’s knack for risk-taking is generally well-known, as is his encouragement to students to live lives based on their passions, not their fears. In his weekend (May 10-12) commencement addresses to WVU graduates across campus, Gee urged future risk balanced on what they’ve learned.
For the second straight year the team from West Virginia University took home top honors in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration–Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Fall 2018 Competition.
David G. Zatezalo, assistant secretary of Mine Safety and Health, will speak on Thursday, September 20, as part of West Virginia University’s Department of Mining Engineering’s William N. Poundstone Lecture Series. The lecture, entitled “MSHA in Review and Forecast of Priorities,” will begin at 5 p.m., in Grand Hall A, of the Erickson Alumni Center.