SME Names Steven Schafrik a 2014-15 Krumb Lecturer


Blacksburg, VA , September 17, 2014 

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Steven Schafrik

Steven Schafrik, Research Assistant Professor at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER), was recently nominated a 2014-2015 Krumb Lecturer by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). The Henry Krumb Lecture Series was established in 1966 with the purpose of providing local SME chapters with wide ranging subject experts to give presentations and lectures on current knowledge and technologies.

Schafrik’s presentation for this year’s series focuses on underground coal mine tracking and communications system reliability and availability methodology. All US underground coal mines must use and operate wireless commination and electronic tracking systems, and the presentation addresses the reliability and availability of such systems and the communications infrastructure that supports them. The presentation describes quantitative ways to assess system requirements through the use of available tools commonly used by the reliability, maintainability and availability community. The offered methodology has applications in other mining systems that rely on an understanding of their reliabilities and availabilities.

Schafrik has been a research assistant professor at VCCER since 2013 and has worked with the center in numerous roles since 1997. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech and has been active in research on wireless communication systems, ventilation and risk management. Schafrik has carried out and managed research for the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Office of Surface Mining, as well as corporations and foundations. He is responsible for the development of custom software and information systems for VCCER, and several of his applications have been licensed through Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties.

Related Links

Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research

SME Henry Krumb Lecture Series