The Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Ramani has directed over 100 graduate students from 25 countries for graduate degrees, published over 200 research papers, co-authored an authoritative text on mine ventilation and air-conditioning, and contributed to 25 books, handbooks and encyclopedias. He has edited the proceedings of 15 national and international symposiums. Dr. Ramani's research has also resulted in over 125 research reports to the sponsoring agencies. Six of his graduate students have won the annual SME Graduate Student Paper Contest. More than 10 of his former students hold leadership positions in academic institutions around the globe.
DIRK VAN ZYL
University of British Columbia
Dirk has more than 35 years’ experience in research, teaching and consulting in tailings and mined earth structures. He was a faculty member for 13 years at four Universities in the US and Canada and for the last 10 years Dirk has been focused on mining and sustainable development. He has consulted internationally on many mining projects, covering the whole mining life cycle, from exploration to closure and post-closure, in a large range of climatic and geographic environments. His present research looks at how mining contributes to sustainable development and the mine life cycle management.
West Virginia University
Keith has vast experience in the field of mining, holding a B.S. and M.S. from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. He joined WVU in 2001 and was appointed the Charles T. Holland Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering in 2012. Before joining WVU, he was employed by the former U.S. Bureau of Mines, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory and was employed as a project engineer for the underground mines in the Midwestern Region of Consolidation Coal Company.
Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Corby Anderson joined the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines as the Harrison Western Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in 2009. Dr. Anderson teaches and conducts research as a member of the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy. He is an expert in the fields of extractive metallurgy, mineral processing, waste minimization and recycling. Dr. Anderson has an extensive background in industrially oriented research and was responsible for the development and success of the Center for Advanced Mineral and Metallurgical Processing at Montana Tech.
Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Brune joined Colorado School of Mines Mining Engineering Department in 2012 after a lengthy career working for the CDC, NIOSH, CONSOL Energy, and RWE Rheinbraun. His current research projects include: development of a pneumatic mine dust sampler to sample coal and rock dust for explosibility analysis; explosion hazard risk analysis in longwall coal mine gobs through CFD modeling; and methane-air explosion propagation through mine rubble, physical testing and CFD modeling. Dr. Brune is a 2011 distinguished member of SME and the SME Pittsburgh Section.