Missouri S&T hosts Future of Coal workshop

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On October 17, 2022

Young man in yellow safety vest and head lamp standing in a dark mine

Photo by Michael Pierce, Missouri S&T.

Industry and academic leaders, government representatives and other interested parties will gather in person and online at Missouri S&T to discuss research, workforce needs, market conditions and sustainable sourcing for coal in the first of a series of international workshops Oct. 19-20.

Fourteen speakers will share their thoughts on various aspects of coal production:

  • Dianna Ridgway, associate director of research and analysis, McCloskey.
  • Jason Fannin (dinner keynote), executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Ramaco Resources Inc.
  • Kwame Awuah-Offei, chair of mining and explosives engineering, Missouri S&T.
  • Trina Igelsrud Pfeiffer, interim director of the Center for carbon Capture and Conversion in the School of Energy Resources, University of Wyoming.
  • Paul Krivokuca, vice president of health and safety, National Mining Association.
  • Aurelia S. Giacometto, independent director and chair of the board’s technology committee, Ramaco Resources Inc.
  • Vladislav Kecojevic, Robert E. Murray Chair and professor of mining engineering, West Virginia University.
  • Jhon Silva-Castro, associate professor and director of graduate studies in mining engineering, University of Kentucky.
  • Jen Schlotthauer, professional engineer, Peabody Energy.
  • Eric Achelpohl, senior mining applications engineer, Komatsu.
  • Hongyan Ma, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, Missouri S&T.
  • Andreas Eckert, associate professor of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering, Missouri S&T.
  • Gregg Heaton, director of human resources for the U.S. Western and Shoal Creek operations, Peabody Energy.
  • John Lee, senior vice president, Barr Engineering Co.

Session chairs are Catherine Johnson, the Quenon Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at Missouri S&T; Emily A. Ahachich, environmental, social and governance consultant at Barr Engineering Co.; Bill Kennedy, president and CEO of Jack Kennedy Metal Products and Buildings; and Kyle Perry, associate professor of mining and explosives engineering at Missouri S&T.

For more information and to register, visit futureofcoal.mst.edu.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.

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