Dr. Gerald H. Luttrell Named SME Krumb Lecturer

Nicholas T. CamiciaDr. Gerald H. Luttrell has been named a 2009-2010 Krumb Lecturer by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. This is the second time Luttrell has been named Lecturer in the series, with the first in 2001. The Henry Krumb lecture series was established by the society in 1966 to allow local SME sections to hear prominent minerals professionals speak on subjects of their recognized expertise.

Dr. Luttrell is the Massey Professor in Virginia Tech’s Mining & Minerals Engineering department. He earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mining engineering from Virginia Tech. Luttrell has completed projects worth over 14 million dollars, obtained 15 process patents and authored more than 150 scholarly publications in journals and proceedings, as well as more than 180 technical reports. His research work has contributed to the development of innovative technologies for coal preparation and mineral processing. Several of those technologies have been applied to secondary materials recycling, pollution prevention and environmental restoration.

Luttrell is the recipient of the AIME’s Nicholls Award and Aplan Award. He also received the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America’s Stephen McCann Educational Excellence Award. He is a five-time recipient of the departmental Outstanding Faculty Award, a four-time recipient of Virginia Tech’s Academy of Teaching Excellence Award and a recipient of the College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.

His lecture for this year’s Krumb series, Implications of Constant Incremental Quality on Fine-Coal Dewatering Circuitry, discusses the important influence of moisture constraints on preparation plant optimization and provides a case study to illustrate the potential gains that can be realized by properly understanding plant moisture control.

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