Dr. Mike Karmis Awarded Fourth Certificate of Teaching Excellence

Dr. Mike KarmisMichael Karmis, Stonie Barker Professor and Director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research was recently awarded his fourth Certificate of Teaching Excellence during the 2007-2008 Engineering Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service ceremony, held in May 2008.

Dr. Karmis is the director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research (VCCER), an interdisciplinary study, research, information and resource facility for the Commonwealth. Karmis teaches courses on health, safety and risk management; advanced ground control; mining engineering leadership; and energy, resources, development, and the environment. Previously, Karmis was a recipient of the National Stone Association Professor of the Year award for significant contributions to the education of young men and women preparing for a career in the mineral aggregates mining industry. The award recognizes teaching excellence, dedication, motivation of students, and national contributions to teaching. This is his fourth Certificate of Teaching Excellence.

An article on VCCER’s current work to develop and test technology to send carbon dioxide back into coal beds recently appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Virginia Tech’s online magazine Research.