Engineering entrepreneur Marshall S. Miller will present the fall 20001 Distinguished Visitors Lecture for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University, at 7 p.m., Sept. 27, in room 458 of the Business and Economics Building. The lecture is being sponsored in conjunction with the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.

Miller will present”Achieving Balance in Energy, the Environment, and Education: Challenges and Opportunities Galore.”He will discuss current energy and environmental issues concerning the university, West Virginia, and the nation. Miller also plans on talking about how students and the university can benefit from the newly recognized importance of these industries today and in the future.

“Everyday we see controversy in the headlines about the reliability of our nations fuel supplies to meet future energy needs,”Miller says.”With increased fossil fuel production anticipated, we also see a continuous flow of arguments and unsettled issues related to the question of global warming and other environmental concerns. I want to highlight the most significant recent successes and failures of the major fuel supply industries and identify the supporting roles of both state and federal government. Certainly much is at stake with this issue.”

Miller, a WVU graduate, earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology. He has worked in geophysical engineering and land management for oil, gas, and coal and spent five years conducting coal research in the Appalachian coal fields.

He is chairman and CEO of Marshall Miller&Associates, an engineering and geological consulting firm, in Bluefield, W.Va. Founded in 1976, it has since become one of the largest consulting firms for the coal industry in the United States. The firm was recognized recently by Engineering New Record as one of the Top 500 Engineering Design Firms in the United States.

Immediately following the lecture, there will be a small reception in the lobby of the Business and Economics Building. The event is open to the university and local communities.