Kelvin Wu, Ph.D., P.E., Independent Consultant, Tetra Tech NUS, Inc. and Chief (Retired), Mine Waste & Geotechnical Engineering Division, Mine Safety and Health Administration
Kelvin Wu holds a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from the National Cheng Kung University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mining Engineering from The University of Wisconsin. Kelvin is currently an independent consultant for Tetra Tech NUS, Inc. He provides expertise in the area of mine planning, mine design, mine valuation and mine safety and health problems.
Kelvin Wu has more than 40 years of mining experience. First, as an Engineer and later as the Manager/Engineer for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Kelvin served as the lead engineer for MSHA in many critical situations, most notably:
- The Quecreek coal mine inundation event where he earned an MSHA award.
- The Jefferson Island salt mine flooding event where extensive legal activities resulted.
- The Strategic Petroleum Reserve Project at Weeks Island salt mine, where MSHA supported personnel from the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Dam Safety Officer for U.S. Department of Labor, where he provided leadership for dam safety activities in the Federal Government.
Kelvin managed Mining and Civil Engineers as Chief, Mine Waste and Geotechnical Engineering Division (MWGED) of the Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center, MSHA, Pittsburgh, PA, which provided technical services and consultation to Federal and State mining enforcement officials and industry regarding complex safety and health problems related to: refuse piles, mine dumps, waste dams, tailing ponds, and impoundments in the coal and metal/nonmetal mining industries.
Kelvin and was named the Engineer of the Year by MSHA and he was also awarded two additional Special Achievement Awards.
Kelvin taught Mining Engineering classes at The University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University. In 1998, Kelvin also received the Stephen McCann Memorial Educational Excellence Award from PCMIA.
Kelvin has authored or co-authored more than 16 mine safety related publications and is a registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor. Kelvin Wu’s commitment to improve miner safety has been exceptional. The PCMIA is proud to recognize him as the recipient of the 2018 Donald S. Kingery Memorial Award.