Dr. H. Douglas Dahl will discuss current issues in mine safety as part of West Virginia Universitys William N. Poundstone Lecture Series at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Room 113 of the Mineral Resources Building, Evansdale Campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the WVU Department of Mining Engineering, will be followed by a dinner at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy and then a game-watching event at Erickson Alumni Center for the WVU -Pitt game.

Dahl, a retired coal mining executive, received his bachelors, masters and doctorate, all in mining engineering, from The Pennsylvania State University.

After graduation, Dahl became a research scientist with Conoco, then Consol Energys parent company. He rose through the ranks and was named manager of the Mining Research Division in 1975.

Throughout his career, he held executive positions with several coal companies, including Consol, Drummond, Peabody and Brook Trout Coal Companies. He retired in 1998 as president and chief operating officer of Peabody Coal.

Dahl has received many awards and distinctions throughout his career including the Jackling and Rock Mechanics Award from The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) and the Distinguished Alumni Fellowship Award from Penn State.

He completed the senior executive program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. He has authored more than 30 published papers and has 11 patents.

To make reservations for the dinner and/or game watching, RSVP by Friday, Nov. 3, to 304-293-7680 ext. 3300 or by email to jennet.cooley@mail.wvu.edu .

The Department of Mining Engineering established the William N. Poundstone Lecture Series in 2000 to honor Poundstone, a distinguished alumnus of the department.

For more information, contact Susan Case, 304-293-4821 ext. 2213.