Two professors from West Virginia University’s College of Engineering and Mineral Resources’ Mining Engineering Department have won prestigious awards from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

Dr. Christopher J. Bise, chair of the Mining Engineering Department, won the Mineral Industry Education Award, as selected by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers’ Mineral Industry Education Award Committee. The award was established in 1950 and is given for distinguished contributions to the advancement of mineral industry education. Bise received the award at a ceremony held recently in Denver.

Dr. Keith Heasley, a professor in CEMR’s Mining Engineering Department, was selected as the winner of the Syd S. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding professionals who have demonstrated insight and understanding of ground control issues by developing concepts, theories or technologies that have been adopted by the mining community or the successful implementation of ground control designs or practices.

SME is an international society of professionals in the minerals industry. The SME membership is more than 12,000, with members in nearly 100 countries.



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Mary Dillon, CEMR
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