Daniel S. Ausherman, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, West Virginia University
Daniel S. Ausherman is a student in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. Daniel is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering and is also enrolled in WVU Honors College with a projected graduation in the Spring of 2020. Daniel currently has a 3.25 GPA. Daniel holds a West Virginia Underground Apprentice Miner Card.
In the Summer of 2018, Daniel served as a Production Intern for Alliance Resource Partners at the Tunnel Ridge Mine. He worked on 3-entry, longwall gate development, continuous miner section and assisted with longwall panel setup prior to a move. He also completed ventilation fan maintenance, monthly power checks, bearing lubrication, bearing oil samples, and the removal of silencer units on the fans. Daniel also did a variety of jobs including extended periods of longwall maintenance, and aided the track department laying rail, analyzed optimal configurations for rail and switch installation and fixed and replaced damaged rail and conducted track maintenance. He worked in the Engineering Office with the underground surveyors setting spads and updated mine maps and conducted progress checks on air shaft work and site work at a new portal.
Daniel also has worked from 2015 to the present as a Volunteer Fire Fighter at the Smithsburg, MD Community Volunteer Fire Company. Here, he responded to medical situations, automobile accidents and fire scenes. He served on numerous committees, including Carnival, Car Show, and Security Committees. He also organized fundraising efforts to update apparatus and equipment, bettering the department’s ability to serve the community.
Daniel is a student member of SME and has participated in numerous outreach events to recruit potential students interested in mining engineering. Daniel was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America from 2014 to 2016 and competed in different business competitions at the Regional and State Level. He achieved first place in regional and forth place in state competitions for entrepreneurship in the Spring of 2015. He served as Chapter President during the 2015-2016 school year and served as a State Voting Delegate 2014-2016.
Daniel was a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award in December, 2016 and was also inducted into the Order of The Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society that promotes Scouting ideals, especially selfless leadership to help others, as lifelong values.