Resources for Alumni and Friends
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William N. Poundstone Lecture Series and Distinguished Engineer of Mines Awards
William N. Poundstone
- 1949: Received BSEM, West Virginia University
- 1949: Began career at CONSOL as a timberman
- 1965: Named executive vice president at CONSOL
- Holder of 34 U.S. patents
- Served on the Visiting Committee of the College of Mineral and Energy Resources at WVU
- Member, National Academy of Engineering
- West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame
To recognize the achievements of individuals who had an exceptional career in mining and related industries, and to present this unique experience to the mining engineering faculty and students in West Virginia University.
The nominee can be either alumnus or non-alumnus who has exceptional achievements and unique experiences in the mining and related industries.
The selected candidate is required to present a seminar to the mining engineering faculty and students at West Virginia University in conjunction with the award ceremony. Each year two candidates will be selected, one in the fall semester and the other in the spring semester.
The Department of Mining Engineering is grateful to its alumni and friends for their support of scholarships that are available to students currently enrolled in the Department. A complete listing of all endowed scholarships in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources can be found by clicking here.
The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives of those who hire our BS, MS and PhD graduates. The Committee fulfills an important role in the Department by providing feedback which ensures that students graduating at all levels have the skills that they need to be marketable. During their bi-annual meeting, the Committee members hear from the chair, faculty, undergraduate students, graduate students and college administrators. The Committee reports its findings to the chair, the dean and the provost.
- Keith Hainer, Alpha Natural Resources
- Jeff Kelley, BSEM '79, Vindex Energy-Arch Coal
- James L. Laurita, BSEM '82, Laurita Energy, LLC
- Carrie Lilly, BSEM '02, Bowles Rice
- John N. Murphy, Committee Chair, University of Pittsburgh
- Ryan M. Murray, Murray Energy Corporation
- Bill Raney WV Coal Association
- Michael T. Shook, BSEM '81, Burrell Mining Products, Inc.
- Jeff Wilson, Wilson Energy Advisors, LLC