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Student Life

Mining engineering students at WVU have been known to be active not only at the Department level but also at College and national level. They are strongly connected with alumni who have supported them at various capacities. 

Department Activities

Some of the regular activities at the local level where the students often participate are:

  • West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and SME Central Appalachian Section Joint Annual Meeting at the Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs, in October.
  • Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America and SME Pittsburgh Section Joint Annual Meeting at South Pointe, Pennsylvania, in October.
  • West Virginia Coal Mining Institute and WV Coal Association and Reclamation Annual Meeting, Glade Springs Resort, Daniel or Pipestem Resort in May.
  • Charleston Coal Mining Institute and Coal Association Joint Meeting.
  • Field trips to surface mining operation, underground mining operation and coal preparation plant and surface material handling facilities operation.

Student Organizations

The mining engineering department has a rich history in mining, especially in West Virginia. Graduates have been recognized at national levels for their achievements by societies such as:

  • SME (The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc.)

    For connecting and developing future mining engineer, SME societies have been created at the college level. The society is involved in various exciting activities throughout the academic year.

  • The WVU Mine Rescue Team

    The WVU Mine Rescue Team is a student-managed organization dedicated to improving mine emergency response and safety. Members receive training on breathing apparatus, first aid, firefighting, ventilation and mine rescue techniques. Typically, the organization will enter one or two teams in a mine rescue skills contest in the spring semester to assess their abilities against professional industry teams.

    The team is a part of the local mine rescue community and sends volunteers to assist at mine rescue competitions and has participated in a number of developmental initiatives for improving mine rescue communication and training.

  • Northern West Virginia Coal Preparation Society

    The society has been active for more than 25 years, promoting the knowledge, experience and technology of coal preparation. The society meets on the second Wednesday of each month starting in September and finishing in April.

  • International Society of Explosives Engineers, WVU Student Chapter

    The International Society of Explosives Engineers is a society for professionals who promote safety, security and the efficient and controlled use of explosives. Currently, it has 40-plus chapters and more than 4,000 members in 90 countries. The industrial explosives have wide applications in mining, quarrying, construction, manufacturing, demolition, exploration, seismology, etc. The ISEE WVU student chapter fosters networking, communication and training opportunities for its members. Through ISEE and its chapters, the members can get connected to the people and resources needed to advance the career in the explosives fields.

    The WVU ISEE student chapter, though initiated by and hosted in the Department of Mining Engineering, welcomes any students and faculty members from other WVU disciplines to become members. The chapter members meet regularly and participate in various professional activities during the school sessions. Internal and external speakers are invited to the meetings to share their knowledge, experience and employment opportunities. The chapter fosters student research in explosive engineering and the impacts on public safety, health and environment. The chapter encourages the presentations of research findings to the annual ISEE meeting and their publications in the ISEE Journal of Explosives Engineering.

Statler Student Life

Our College has an active and diverse student body, with dozens of student organizations, honorariums and professional societies. As a student in our College, you will have many opportunities to interact with your fellow students, faculty and professionals in your field. The University has intramural sports and a wide range of academic and social organizations for people of all interests. The energy from athletics is unsurpassed. Students in our College find friends, fun and positive, life-changing experiences in and out of the classroom.

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Student Services

The Office of Student Services is dedicated to serving the students of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Please visit us in Room 141 of the Engineering Sciences Building at any time. We will do everything we can to help you succeed and achieve your academic and personal goals.

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Statler Career Assistance

The Office of Career Assistance is dedicated to serving the students of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Please visit us in Room 141 of the Engineering Sciences Building at any time. We will do everything we can to help you succeed and achieve your academic and personal goals.

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