The West Virginia University College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is hosting William Poundstone, consultant and retired executive vice president of Consolidation Coal Company, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

The lecture is part of the WVU Department of Mining Engineering’s William N. Poundstone Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. Poundstone’s presentation, “My Career in Coal,” will be at the Erickson Alumni Center in Grand Hall B.

During his career with Consol, Poundstone held positions ranging from timberman to belt foreman to assistant to the vice president of operations before becoming executive vice president in 1965. He is the holder of 34 U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications. Also, he has served as spokesman for the coal industry in testimony at numerous Congressional hearings on environmental and mining research matters.

Poundstone, who retired in 1982, has received many awards and honors throughout his career including being inducted into the West Virginia Coal Miners Hall of Fame and being recognized by the North American Coalbed Methane Forum for his pioneering work on development of drilling techniques for coal seam degasification, mine safety and coalbed product. He has also been awarded the 1991 COMER Outstanding Alumni of the Year, as well as an Honorary Degree from WVU in 1981.

The WVU 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 mining industry experts to campus to share their expertise with students and faculty.


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Nicole Riggleman
Interim Program Coordinator of College Relations
College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
(304) 293-4257