West Virginia Universitys Department of Mining Engineering in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is hosting coal executive Michael R. Peelish at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

Peelish, who is senior vice president of safety and human resources at Foundation Coal Corp., will speak onCareers in Coal: What Does the Future Hold?as part of the William N. Poundstone Lecture Series in room 113 of the Mineral Resources Building on WVU s Evansdale Campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a dinner to which all attendees are invited. Those planning to attend the dinner are asked to RSVP to Jennet.Cooley@mail.wvu.edu by April 10.

Raised in Beckley, Peelish graduated cum laude from WVU with a degree in mining engineering in 1983. He earned his law degree from WVU in 1986 and is a member of the bars of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Peelish has been employed by Foundation Coal Corp. and its predecessors since 1989. Currently, he is responsible for safety, health and loss prevention as well as benefits, labor relations, payroll, compensation policy and administration, workers compensation, black lung, training and management development and general human resources matters.

Peelish has been active in the mining industry since 1979, including working with CONSOL Energy for six years in its engineering work study program and legal department.

Since arriving at what is now Foundation Coal, he has held various positions, including general attorney, senior attorney and manager of regulatory affairs and loss control.

He is actively involved in the Society of Mining Engineers, National Mining Association and numerous state mining trade associations. He also is a member of the WVU Department of Mining Engineering Visiting Committee.

The Department of Mining Engineering established the William N. Poundstone Lecture Series in 2000 to honor Poundstone, a distinguished alumnus of the department, and to bring speakers on relevant topics to share their expertise and knowledge with faculty and staff.