Michael Karmis Named 2010-2011 Henry Krumb Lecturer

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Dr. Michael Karmis

Dr. Michael Karmis, Stonie Barker Professor for the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, has been named a 2010-11 Henry Krumb Lecturer by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). The lecture series was established by the society in 1966 to provide local SME sections with opportunities to hear prominent minerals professionals speak on subjects of their recognized expertise.

Karmis holds both a B.S. (1971) and Ph.D (1974) from Strathclyde and is the director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER), a statewide interdisciplinary study and research facility located at Virginia Tech. Karmis is a widely recognized expert in areas of rock mechanics, health and safety, carbon sequestration, sustainable development of energy processes, and decreased carbon footprints through effective coal degasification. He has written over 150 scientific papers, reports, proceedings volumes and textbooks and he has directed 45 major research projects.

An active consultant to the minerals industry, Karmis served as the 2008 President of the American Institute of Mining Engineers and the 2002 President of SME. He is a distinguished member of SME, an Honorary Member of AIME, a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying, and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He is the recipient of numerous awards from scientific, academic and professional organizations, to include the 2008 AIME Mineral Industry Education Award, the National Stone Association’s Professor of the Year award, and he has received four Certificates of Teaching Excellence from Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.

Dr. Karmis’ lecture for the 2010-11 Krumb Series, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Research: The Road to Deployment, examines the current status of CSS and addresses some of its legal, regulatory and financial barriers.

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