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Speakers
Pictures from the highly successful 2013 Annual SME Student Chapter Meeting, April 2013.

The Pittsburgh region has a wealth of knowledgeable engineers and scientists who have made their careers working in the mining industry. To date, more than 40 speakers have presented technical information at mining engineering workshops and classes at the University of Pittsburgh. 

  1. John Chermak (Virginia Tech University) – Sustainable Development and the Minerals Industry class lecture, Nov. 20, 2013, topic “What is Meant by Sustainable Mining in the US and Other Countries”
  2. Joseph Zelanko (Rosebud Mining) – Strata Control Engineering class lecture, Nov. 14, 2013, topic “Roof and Rib Falls – Causes and Controls”
  3. Tony Hodge (International Council for Mining and Metals) – Sustainable Development and the Mineral Industry class lecture, Oct. 23, 2013, topic “Mining and Sustainability: Creating shared value in a rapidly changing global environment”
  4. Brent Means (OSM) and Michael Castner (Rosebud Mining) - The 2013 Pitt SME Annual Meeting took place on April 12, 2013.  The two speakers listed above each gave a 30 minute presentation highlighting the technical aspects of their work in the mining industry
  5. Paul Anderson (John T. Boyd Company) - Mine Evaluation and Management class lecture, January 30, 2013, topic "Resource and Reserve evaluations using the CRIRSCO standard".
  6. Bill Bruno (retired Consol Energy) - Mine Evaluation and Management class lecture, February 6, 2013, topic "Strategic Studies, Capital Budgeting and Engineering Ethics".
  7. Robert Krog (NIOSH) – Mine Ventilation Engineering class lecture, Nov. 8, 2012, topic “Methane Control, Spontaneous Combustion, and Modeling Coal Mine Ventilation Networks”
  8. Jonathan Pachter and Josh Silvis (CONSOL Energy) – Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, March 22, 2012, topic “Investigations of the Mine Eighty-Four Barriers and the Stream Mitigation Activities at the Enlow Fork Mine”
  9. Eric Perry (OSM) – Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, April 5, 2012, topic “Legacy Mining and Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Issues and Treatment”
  10. Gary Slagel (CONSOL Energy) – Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, Feb. 23, 2012, topic “The Interaction of the Mining and Oil & Gas Industries”
  11. Bruce Hebblewhite (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) - Mineral Industry Risk Management class lecture, Dec. 1, 2011, topic “Northparkes – the Findings and the Future”  
  12. Bruce Hebblewhite (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) – Strata Control Engineering class lecture, Nov. 30, 2011, topic “Issues in Australian Underground Coal Industry”  
  13. Tom Crooks and Murray Johnson (R.G. Johnson, Inc.) and Adrienne Carney (CONSOL Energy) – Strata Control Engineering class lecture, Nov. 16, 2011, topic “Shotcrete at the 8 South #1 Shaft,”  
  14. Christopher Mark (MSHA) - Strata Control Engineering class lecture, Nov. 9, 2011, topic “Progress in Reducing Ground Control Accident,”
  15. Bob Bruhn (GAI), Bob Turka (GAI), Lisa Stiener (NIOSH), Sheila Hockman (Brookville Equipment Co.), and John Burr (CONSOL Energy) - The 2011 Pitt SME Annual Meeting took place on April 12, 2011.  The five speakers listed above each gave a 15 minute presentation highlighting the technical aspects of their work in the mining industry.
  16. John Urosek (MSHA) - Mine Ventilation Engineering class lecture, April 6, 2011.  “Mine Rescue Operations Associated with the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster”
  17. Robert Krogg (NIOSH) – Mine Ventilation Engineering class lecture, Mar. 23, 2011, topic “Airflow Distribution Patterns around Active and Abandoned Longwall Panels”
  18. Adrienne Carney (CONSOL Energy) - – Mine Ventilation Engineering class lecture, Mar. 2, 2011, topic “Understanding Ventilation Maps and Ventilation Citations”
  19. Nicholas J. DeIuliis (CONSOL Energy) – Sustainable Mine Development class lecture, Dec. 1, 2010, topic “Sustainable Development and the Extractive Industries”
  20. Floyd Varley (NIOSH) – Mining Health and Safety class lecture, Oct. 28, 2010, topic “Risk Management and Managing Change”
  21. Adrienne Carney (CONSOL Energy) – Mining Health and Safety class lecture, Oct. 21, 2010, topic “Health and Safety and Mining Engineering”
  22. Dan Alexander (NIOSH) – Mining Health and Safety class lecture, Sept. 30, 2010, topic “Mine Rescue and Response”
  23. Terry Ackman (Independent Consultant, retired from DOE) - Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, March 29, 2010, topic "Water and Energy"
  24. Thomas Barczak (NIOSH) - Graduate Seminar Lecture, March 26, 2010, topic "Structural Design Issues Associated with Longwall Shield Supports: Deviation from Traditional Civil Engineering Design Practices"
  25. Joseph Wilcox, Adrienne Carney, Jim Mazzocca and Chad Cunningham (CONSOL Energy) - Pitt's Student Chapter, Society of Mining Engineers Kickoff Meeting, March 16, 2010, topic "Shoemaker Mine Belt Project"
  26. Eric Perry (OSM) - Environmental Control in Mining class lecture, March 15, 2010, topic "Groundwater Hydrology"
  27. Lois Uranowski (OSM) - Environmental Control in Mining class lecture, February 1, 2010, topic "Environmental Controls in Mining: Mine Subsidence"
  28. Christopher Mark (NIOSH) - Strata Control in Mining class lecture, October 22, 2009, topic "Coal Pillar Mechanics and Design Issues"
  29. David Cercone (CONSOL Energy) - Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, March 23, 2009, topic "Treatment of Acid Mine Waters"
  30. Josh Silvis (CONSOL Energy) - Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, March 23, 2009, topic "Mitigating Stream Impacts"
  31. George Gamble (Clarage) - Mine Ventilation Engineering class, March 17, 2009, topic "Mine Ventilation Fans"
  32. Cheryl Sorek (OSM) - Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, March 16, 2009, topic "OSM's Abandoned Mine Lands Emergency Program"
  33. Robert Kleinmann (DOE) - Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, February 23, 2009, topic "Acid Mine Drainage"
  34. Jonathan Pachter (CONSOL Energy) - Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, February 16, 2009, topic "State and Federal Environmental Mining Laws and Regulations"
  35. Harold Miller (PA DEP) - Environmental Controls in Mining class lecture, February 9, 2009, topic "Pennsylvania's Underground Mining Environmental Control Program"