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Student Senior Design Project Award

The PCMIA has established a competition for the best senior design project. Competition for the PCMIA award is open to all mining schools in the United States.

Background

The PCMIA has established a competition for the best senior design project.

All mining schools have the requirement that graduating seniors complete a capstone design project to demonstrate their knowledge of engineering fundamentals and analysis of a problem. Competition for the PCMIA award is open to all mining schools in the United States.

NOMINATION MATERIALS

Nominees are selected by the mining faculty at the institution and up to two students per university can be nominated at the discretion of the faculty. The projects are submitted for judging after review and grading by the faculty. The purpose of the award is to serve as a tangible stimulus for excellence and reward for outstanding effort in the preparation of the senior design project. The first prize is $1,000. Consideration is given to recognition of other submissions and a second and third place may be given at the discretion of the evaluation committee.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

September 30

Submit nominations via the regular mail to: Lisa Krepps, Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America, Post Office Box 233, Hunker, PA 15639.

Or electronically to: Lisa Krepps at Krepps.Lisa@dol.gov

For questions or more information, please contact Awards Committee Chairperson Michael A. Trevits at 412-874-6556 or mat412@verizon.net

CRITERIA ON WHICH AWARD IS GRANTED

The projects are submitted for judging after review and grading by the faculty.

AWARDS PROCESS

The first prize is $1,000. Consideration is given to recognition of other submissions and a second and third place may be given at the discretion of the evaluation committee. The award is now a joint award between the PCMIA and the Pittsburgh Section of SME.

2017 Winners

Cory Krall, Cassidy O’Connell, Greg Parker and Sergio Real

Guided by Professor Keith A. Heasley, West Virginia University

2017 Award

The SME and PCMIA have jointly established a competition for the best Senior Design Project. All mining schools have the requirement that graduating seniors complete a capstone design project to demonstrate their knowledge of engineering fundamentals and analysis of a problem.  Nominees are selected by the mining facility of the institution and up to two students per university can be nominated a the discretion of the faculty.  The purpose of the award is to serve as a tangible stimulus for excellence and reward for outstanding effort in the preparation of the senior design project. 

The winning student team were from West Virginia University.

Student Senior Design Project Award

Historical Listing of the Awardees

2017 | Sergio Real West Virginia University
2017 | Greg Parker West Virginia University
2017 | Cassidy O’Connell West Virginia University
2017 | Cory Krall West Virginia University
2016 | Smith Shrestha West Virginia University
2016 | Zachary Saylor West Virginia University
2016 | Aaron Beam West Virginia University
2015 | Michael Sustar West Virginia University
2015 | Jeffrey Stevens West Virginia University
2015 | Rebecca Stas West Virginia University
2014 | Julia Reichardt West Virginia University
2014 | Stephen Mayo West Virginia University
2014 | Emily Figer West Virginia University
2014 | Raymond Zimmer University of Alaska Fairbanks
2014 | Troy Tsogtsaikhan University of Alaska Fairbanks
2014 | Simon Ortega University of Alaska Fairbanks
2014 | Mindona Krzykowski University of Alaska Fairbanks
2013 | Jason Grimm West Virginia University
2013 | Mitchell Hankinson West Virginia University
2013 | Lance Kolbush West Virginia University
2012 | Grace Bernard Colorado School of Mines
2012 | Amanda Graninger Colorado School of Mines
2011 | David Thompson University of Nevada – Reno
2011 | Drew Wheeler University of Nevada – Reno
2010 | Robert B. Burke, Jr. West Virginia University
2010 | Jared S. Forman West Virginia University
2010 | Jacob S. King West Virginia University
2009 | Noah Millett University of Nevada, Reno

2008 | Fae Garsting Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2008 | Kate Glusiec Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2008 | Rosalyn DeLaPena Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2007 | John Gates University of Nevada, Reno
2006 | Joshua Smith Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2006 | Kara Smith Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2006 | Chris Van Arsdale Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2005 | Nora L. Oswald Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2005 | Brian R. Knorr Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2005 | Craig R. Hairfield Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2005 | Joseph R. Zirkle West Virginia University
2004 | Scott R. Smith University of Nevada-Reno
2004 | Donald S. Swartz II West Virginia University
2003 | Rebecca J. Hardy West Virginia University
2003 | Hilaria E. Ireland West Virginia University
2002 | Ryan Murray West Virginia University
2002 | Attila Szucs University of Missouri-Rolla
2002 | Yvonne M. (Parisa) Sanders University of Missouri-Rolla
2002 | Erin Swearengen University of Missouri-Rolla
2001 | Ruslan B.Mamatkulov University of Nevada, Reno
2000 | Daniel A. Frost Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2000 | Anthony F. Harding Virginia Polytechnic Institute
2000 | Carey E. Stafford Virginia Polytechnic Institute
1999 | Martin Colmenares University of Nevada
1998 | Kelly Fleetwood University of Missouri-Rolla
1998 | Mark Schmidt University of Missouri-Rolla
1997 | Cynthia R. Moore University of Nevada
1996 | Ryan M. McCluskey Virginia Polytechnic Institute
1995 | Eric Shereda Virginia Polytechnic Institute
1994 | Bradley Neil Mosley University of Kentucky
1993 | Chris Adkins University of Kentucky