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WVU wins second straight SME mine rescue competition

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- For the second straight year the team from West Virginia University took home top honors in the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration–Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Fall 2018 Competition.

WVU bested teams from University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Penn State to win the event, which was held at the Coronado Coal Mine Rescue Training Center, in Oakwood, Virginia, on Nov. 3. WVU also won the Combination Team trophy for having the best overall combined score in the Mine Rescue Problem and the Smoke Competition and placed third in the Smoke Competition.

Save the Date: CIGRU open house features panel on sustainable economic development from natural gas

This year’s topic is sustainable economic and community development. The event will feature a panel discussion on how West Virginia can harness the latest developments in gas utilization to improve long-term prosperity in the state.

Welcoming remarks will be delivered by WVU Provost Joyce McConnell, Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and CIGRU Director John Hu.

Alpha Foundation to fund additional research in coal mine fires

Working in partnership with Ali Rangwala, professor of fire protection engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Akkerman was awarded a grant from the Alpha Foundation in 2014 to create a knowledgebase and computational model capable of quantifying the probability and associated hazards of spontaneous ignition, fire and explosion. Akkerman and Rangwala went on to develop the Dust and Gas Explosion Model, or D-GEM, a joint analytical and computational platform quantifying mining fire hazards, namely, the probability of spontaneous ignition, the evolution of a flame front and the likelihood of a deflagration-to-detonation transition in the presence of combustible dust.

WVU team selected to compete in EcoCAR Mobility Challenge

Team leads and the advisors for EcoCar include (front row, from left) Joshua Strogen (engineering manager), Nikola Janevski (CAV co-lead), Haleigh Fields (communications manager), Curtis Stapleton (controls/modeling lead), Benton Morris (project manager); back row: Vinod Kulathumani (CAV faculty advisor), Thomas Harris (propulsion systems/modeling lead), Andrew Nix (lead faculty advisor), Zach Purdy (mechanical team lead), Scott Wayne (co-faculty advisor) and Priyash Misra (CAV lead).


WVU conference promotes energy innovators working on ‘some of the world’s most challenging problems’

Morgantown, W.Va. - A gathering of innovative startup companies will promote businesses and projects that reduce building energy costs by up to 40 percent while maintaining comfort in every room; convert waste materials to energy and useful products; adapt the Internet of Things concepts for smarter manufacturing and a more dependable electric grid. 

These are just a few of the ideas being pitched tomorrow and Wednesday (Oct. 23-24) to investors and industry partners at the seventh TransTech Energy Business Development Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Model to predict greenhouse gases, carbon storage in coastal wetlands under changing conditions developed at WVU

Omar Abdul-Aziz, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Khandker S. Ishtiaq, a postdoctoral fellow, have developed the model, which was published in a recent edition of the American Geophysical Union’s “Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeoscience.”

Coastal wetlands play an important role in mitigating the effects of GHGs by efficiently removing atmospheric carbon. However, climate change mitigation benefits have to be achieved through conservation and restoration of coastal wetlands.

WVU mining professor earns recognition from SME

For the second time, Huang was selected as a distinguished speaker for SME’s Henry Krumb Lecture Series. The program is offered to SME sections to enhance their appreciation and understanding of important new methods and technologies by bringing outstanding speakers to local sections. Lecturers are selected from the professionals who present technical papers at the SME Annual Conference and Expo. Only 10 are selected for the honor annually out of more than 800 professionals.

WVU advances technology and transparency to shale gas in new MSEEL site

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Improving shale energy productivity and reducing the environmental footprint of the natural gas industry are the goals of a West Virginia University partnership at a second Marcellus Shale Energy and Environmental Lab to be located in western Monongalia County. 

WVU researchers from multidisciplinary departments, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, will use the advanced models they develop for this project, continuing to address complex technical, environmental and social issues surrounding unconventional energy development. The researchers will use best practices in environmentally responsible shale development as they undertake subsurface scientific investigations.