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Richard Bajura

304-293-6034 NRCCE Bldg., 1272 Evansdale Dr., Morgantown, WV 26506

NRCCE Director Emeritus; Division Director, Global Outreach and Collaborative Energy Programs


For over 50 years, Dr. Richard Bajura served in various roles at West Virginia University, including facilitating, leading, and managing energy and environment programs in research and technical outreach. He has led seven major interdisciplinary/inter-institutional research programs and multiple WVU campus-wide programs addressing a wide range of energy applications, from resource extraction to alternative fuels. He is skilled at coordinating and managing research programs involving groups of faculty members from different colleges.

As the director of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy, he oversaw a research enterprise with a total annual budget averaging approximately $10 million. As an administrator, he has been instrumental in facilitating over $50 million in support for research faculty members at WVU. Through his leadership, the NRCCE developed financial and administrative management expertise to coordinate the efforts of faculty researchers working on joint programs.

Bajura retired as the NRCCE director in 2017, and currently holds the title of director-emeritus.  He is the division director for global outreach and collaborative energy programs at the Energy Institute.  He also leads the US-China Energy Center where he works with institutions in China on academic, research and technology outreach programs.  He currently serves as the chair of the advisory committee for the International Higher Education Alliance on Mining, Energy and Environment (AMEE), an organization led by the China University of Mining and Technology.

In his earlier career as an active faculty member and researcher, Bajura’s research interests included fluid dynamics and energy processes. His professional service included leadership in the Fluids Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers where he also served as vice president for the Basic Engineering Technical Group, representing one-sixth of the ASME membership and over 40 percent of the society’s technical programs. He was active on the ASME Energy Committee and was a member of the National Coal Council, the Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC), the Pittsburgh Coal Conference Advisory Board, and the Washington Coal Club Board of Directors. He was the group leader for the fuels program on the CURC Technical Committee for developing a technology road map for coal R&D programs. He served as a technical program coordinator for WVU programs under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center.