The department is very sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Xu Tang, a 2016 graduate of the Virginia Tech Mining and Minerals Engineering doctoral program.

Xu worked at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research at Virginia Tech for four years, first while completing his PhD and then as a postdoctoral associate. Xu is remembered as a happy, friendly, energetic, and highly competent colleague, with a successful career ahead of him.

Xu recently had been serving his first academic post as lecturer and assistant professor in Carbon Storage and GeoEnergy Engineering in the School of Water, Energy and Environment at Cranfield University. To his colleagues, Xu showed himself as energetic and driven and quickly formed strong relationships with his students, associates, and research partners.

His research focused on geological carbon storage with or without hydrocarbons recovery, and geoenergy engineering, including subsurface energy storage, unconventional hydrocarbons, and sustainable mining and minerals. Xu was regarded for his professional training and research covering a broad spectrum of subsurface engineering processes, as well as crossing into other scientific fields, including surface chemistry, material characterization, fluid dynamics, geomechanics and nanotechnologies. He earned his BS and MEng degrees from Henan Polytechnic University, his MS degree from West Virginia University, and his PhD from Virginia Tech.