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Diamonds Vol.15, No.01, 2015 Issue is coming soon.
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enrollment and graduating classes 2013-2014: This is particularly
true for the WVU Department of Mining Engineering as we
continue to maintain a steady growth in student enrollment
as well as faculty positions. A few short weeks ago, we
had 24 students walk across the stage at the WVU Coliseum
to receive their bachelor’s degrees in mining engineering.
That’s a significant number considering that eight
years ago when I first came here, only two students received
their degrees at commencement.
This issue and next 2015 issue of Black Diamonds are to
focus on the research interests of mining engineering faculty.
In their columns, you will become aware of the projects
they are working on currently. If some of their interests
are in areas which you might share, I urge you to contact
them and, possibly, establish a research relationship. In
this issue included: Call of Action result of chemical spill
by Dr. Aaron Noblel, Ground Control Safety by Dr. Keith
Heasley, High Wall Mining Research by Dr. Yi Luo, Experimental
Rock Mechanics by Dr. Brijes Mishra, Communication Link
in Case of Emergency by Mark Sindlar, Astroid Capture Project
by Drs. Aaron Noble and Brejes Mishura, Surface Mining Research
by Vlad Kecojevic.
SME Meeting at Salt Lake City, UT, field trips and recognition
14 No. 01
C. Dunbar, acquisitions project manager for Arch Coal, Inc.,
annual William Poundstone Lecture entitled, “New and
Continuing Challenges for the Coal Industry–The
Engineer’s View,” on October 29, 2013.
Welcome new faculty, Dr. Aaron Noble to join Mining Engineering
WVU SME Student Chapter president report and farewell article.
WVU Mining Engineering Rescue Team: Since
its founding in January 2012, the West Virginia University
Mine Rescue Team has rapidly become a unique part of the
mine rescue community alongside the industry teams that
have encouraged its progress from concept to competition.
In the past year, the WVU Mine Rescue Team entered its first
competition, sent volunteers to a local competition, performed
an exhibition exercise to promote mine rescue, and had nearly
20 members in training.
"Reflection of Decade in WVU", a farewell article
by Morgan Sears.
highlight of Fall SME student chapter. Class of 2013.
Mining Engineering Donors.
13 No. 01
William Harvey presented annual William Pouondstone Lecture
on September 13, 2012 at WVU Alumni Center. He is a retired
vice president of Wells Fargo Insurance Services for Energy
and Mining. His lecture titled is "My Career in the
Energy-Focused Financial Services Industry: An Alternative
Use of a Mining Engineering Education."
The WVU MinE Rescue Team was finally being able to be formed
in January 2012 as the enrollment of undergraduate mining
engineering program incresed. Currently WVU MinE Rescue
Team was ctively training for competitions this 2012 Spring.
The WVU MinE Rescue Team currently has two, siz-person teams
that practice together, with cross-trining by position.
31st International Conference for Ground Control in Mining
(ICGCM) held on July 31-August,2012 at Morgantown, W.Va.
More than 40 papers were presented over a three day period,
showing the latest developments in the mining and mineralindustry.
Sarah Hurr, Jason Mash, and Robert Seitz received this year
first place Carlson Software senior mine design competition,
was awarded $2,000. Dr. Keith Heasley is the advisor for
the mine design project.
Yi Luo, Associate Professor of Mining Enigneering was one
of the the speakers feature as part of the 2012 Krumb Lecture
Series. His lecture title was "Locating the Determining
the Status of a Thermal Event in Longwall Panel Using Mine
Atomsphere Monitoring Data," forcused on concealed
thermal events in longwall gos, which can be a safety harzard
for undeground coal miners and could interrupt mining production.
Morgan Sears was recognized at SME Annual Meeting with the
2011 SME Syd S. Peng Grouond Control Scholarship. Many other
scholarships and awards were accpted by the students and
2012 May commencement for the Statler Colleg of Engineering
and Mienral Resources was held on May 2012. The class of
2012 mining engineering was the largest since the mid-1980.
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Bradbury was the Poundstone Lectuer for September, 2011.
Bradury was former president of Martin County Coal Corporation
presented the lecture entitled, "My Last and Best of
23 Years in Coal".
The first study abroad oportunitiy specifically for ming
enigneeing students led by Dr. Chris Bise, was initiated
on May 12, 2011. The students from WVU, together with the
students from University of Kentuky, flew to Shanghai, China,
and then to Xushou, the home of China University of Mining
and Technology (CUMT). The team had many educational activities
with the students in CUMT. They also had the oppertunity
of plant tour operated by Joy's business unit in China.
International Conference for Ground Control in Mining (ICGCM)
celabrated the 30th Anniversary on July-August, 2011 at
Morgantown, W.Va. The conference proceddings from the past
30 years contained an encyclopedia of grouond control technology
for the mining community.
Chris Bise was awrded tieh Erskine Ramsey Medal from the
American Incstitue of Mining, Metallurgica and Peroleum
Engineers (AIMMP). Amey Burt receives Order of Augesta Honor.
Charlie Chase III accpted a scholarship from the Rmember
of Miners Organisation. Morgan Sears was recognized at SME
Annual Meeting with the 2011 SME Syd S. Peng Grouond Control
Scholarship. Many other scholarships and awards were accpted
by the students and faculty.
Benjamin Statler and his wife, Jo, made the historical gift
to West Virginia University, $34 M, and $11 M matching fund
from the state's Research Trust Fund (total $45 M). Ben
Statler worked at a CONSOL Energy mine while attending classes
at WVU. He earned his B.S. degree in mining engineering
in 1973. Ben worked his way up to senior vice president
ofmining operations.Currently, he is co-founder of Gulf
Coast Capital Partners.
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Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal
Association, presneted a speech on "Coal, Energy, and
Moutaintop Development", as part of CEMR, WVU Distinguished
Chris Bise receives AIME Mineral Industry Education Award.
Keith Heasley receives Syd Peng Ground Control in Mining
Students, faculty, alumni, and fried were recognized for
thier distinct achevements at this year's Recognition Banquet.
James L. Corsaro, BSEM '66 and MSEM '68, wrote about "Recollections
of Those Good Old Student Days".
The Mining Enigneering Peer-Assisted-Learning (PAL) Program
requires the scholarship recipeints to paraticipate in the
activities of "students to help other students,"
to allow students to interact and create friendship.
Northern West Virginia Coal Preparation Society donates
additional funds to scholarship.
Class of 2011represents the largest graduation class since
Fenix II replica, the mine rescue capsule used in the Chilean
mine rescue of 2010, was displayed on the front lawn of
the Mineral Resources Building on WVU in early May.
10 No. 02
Lecturer--William N. Poundstone, consultant and retired
executive vice president of Consolidation Coal Company,
delivered his presentation, "My Career in Coal,"
at Erickson Alumini Center.
Seniors Robert Burke, Jared Forman, and Jacob King took
top honors in semior mine design project competition. Eric
Howe was awared the 2010 PCMIA-SME Pittsburgh Student Grant
Degree recipients in Mining Engineering from August to December
2010 were thirteen B.S. degree, two M.S. degree, and two
doctor of Philosophy.
Nearly 300 attend the 29th Annual International Conference
on Ground Control in Mining at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown,
10 No. 01
Lecturer--Garold R. Spindler, CEO of Imagin Minerals, Inc.
as well as Zeox Corporation, presented, "In Defense
Chair's report for undergraduate enrollment.
SME 2010 Syd S. Peng Ground Conrol in Mining Award, and
WVU Student awards and SME scholarships.
volunteer at Haiti, WVU's candlelight vigil for Upper Branch
Mine disater, Iceland vocanic ash problem.
2010 SME Annual Meeting at Phoenix, AZ, and post meeting
mine field trip to the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
Inc. mining and smelting facilities at Globe-Miami, AZ.
2009-2010 undergraduates' farewell articles.
09 No. 02
Murrays established Endow Chairmanship in Mining Engineering
Gene Kitts, senior vice president, ICG, presented the William
ABET Accreditaion Visit.
Best of Ground Control in Mining, a diverse grouping of
selections were chosen, and established the session to incorporate
into Annual SME Meeting every year.
M. Murray, vice president of operations for Murray Energy
Corporation, received the 2009 John T. Boyd Memorial Young
2008-2009 undergraduate farewell articles.
09 No. 01
Lauritta, distinguished EM Alumni, delivered 2009 Spring
Barzack receid 2008 SME Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining
Attrium inducted to the member of 2009 WV Coal Hall of Fame.
E. "Jack" Katlic "Proud to be Buddy".
C. Lewis presented Addcar system for high wall mining at
WV SME Student Chapter.
Bill Reid presented "Public Perception of Coal"
to WV SME Student Chapter Members.
engineering students inducted to the members of Tau Beta
Pi Honor Soicty.
Record hight undergraduate graduated at 2009 May Commencement.
08 No. 01 & No. 02
Pack, distingushed EM Alumni, delivered Spring 2008 Poundstone
Syd Peng among most influendial people.
Hyita presented Fall 2008 Poundstone Lecture.
Watts inducted into Coal Hall of Fame.
Spindler Reflects on his years in mining.
Students' immediate family in coal related business.
07 No. 02
Quillen presented the 2007 Fall Poundstone Lecture entitled,
“Fast Company: Sustaining a Business Model in the
Rapidly Changing World of Coal Mining”.
Dr. Syd Peng NAE Induction Ceremony and short courses in
Engineering Visiting Committee summarized the attributes
for the success of recruiting students.
Benjamen Startler donated $25 million to fund breast cancer
care and CEMR. Richard Whiting is President and Chief Executive
Officer of Patriot Coal Corporation.
27th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining.
Minerals for Kids Booth.
07 No. 01
Dr. Syd S. Peng's elected to National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Syd Peng and Elmo Hurst inducted into WV Coal Hall of
Michael Peelish, the 2007 Spring distingushed EM Alumni.
Mineral Resources Award Banquet and NWVCPS Scholarship.
Why not a career in ming machinary?
Dr. Christopher Mark received Syd S. Peng SME Grouond Controal
in Mining Award.
Royce Watts received the Erskine Ramsay Medal, AIME. WVU
SME Student Chapter received GEM Award and first prize in
R&D in WV underground chambers and comunication/tracking.
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was just announced that Dr. Syd S. Peng elected to National
Academy of Engineering.
Dr. H. Doug Dahl presented 2006 Fall Poundstone Lecture.
Industry Visiting Committee focused on recruting equipment,
and space needs for increasing enrollment.
Thomas W. Howard: Recollections.
Three consecutive R&D 100 Awards.
Dr. Christopher Bise--Welcom New Department Chair.
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"Buck" Harless, President, International Industries,
Inc., presented Poundstone Lecture (Spring 2006).
Raymond H. Blowers, Jr. Endowed Scholarship establised in
Mining Engineering prgram, WVU.
SME Society Syd S. Peng Ground Control Award to Dr. Deniel
Su, CONSOL Energy.
05 No. 02
Zachwieja, vice President of Central Appalachia Operatins
for CONSOL, named Distinguished EM, presented Poundstone
Lecture (Fall 2005).
Coal contributed to the Mining Engineering program, WVU.
05 No. 01
Roberts, President and CEO of Foundation Coal, presented
Poundstone Lecture (Spring 2005).
William Poundstone inducted to 8th Coal Hall of Fame.
MinE Dept Strategic Plan for Next 10 Years Finalized.
Vol. 04 No. 02
Bill Raney, President of WV Coal Association, presented
Poundstone Lecture (Fall 2004).
04 No. 01
Statler, Distinguished EM Award and presented Poundstone
Lecture (Spring 2004).
James Bunn inducted to 7th class of Coal Hall of Fame.
03 No. 02
Garges, Distinguished EM Award and presented Poundstone
Lecture (Fall 2003).
Syd Peng 30 years at WVU and in Coal.
First Plance in 2003 Senior Design Project.
03 No. 01
Dangerfield, Distinguished EM Award and presented Poundstone
Lecture (Spring 2003).
MinE Class of 2003 consisted of 16 graduates, including
the largest class of Ph.D. graduates of five since its inception
02 No. 02
Fouondation creasted Endowed Professorship.
Richard Whiting, Distinguished EM Award and presented Poundstone
Lecture (Fall 2002).
02 No. 01
Boyd, Distinguished EM Award and presented Poundstone Lecture
Dr. Syd Peng awarded Erskine Ramsey Metal from AIME.
01 No. 02
James Bunn, Distinguished EM Award and presented Poundstone
Lecture (Fall 2001).
01 No. 01
EM Alumni and Poundstone Lecture Series program initiated.
Doug Blackburn, Jr. (Fall 2000), and Bob Quenon (Spring 2001)
received Distinguished EM Alumni Awards, and presented Poundstone