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Campus Recently Welcomed a New Faculty Member

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus recently welcomed a new and distinguished faculty member to its Mining Technology degree department,  Dr. Kelvin Ke-Kang Wu, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Wu is Chair of the Mining Engineering Committee for the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), and is a Professional Engineer and a Professional Land Surveyor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Previously, he served as adjunct professor for both the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University, as well as was the FEMA- Dam Safety Officer for the U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL).  He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security – Governor / Coordination Council, the vice president of the NorthEast and Great Lake Region of SME, the SME Mining Exploration Division Subcommittee, Rock Mechanics Award Committee SME Coal Division, Health and Safety Committee SME Coal Division, Coal Executive Committee SME Coal Division.  He serves on the Professional Engineer Registration Committee (SME), previously served as the past chair Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA) Board of Directors, and currently serves on the board of both organizations.

Dr. Wu has served as the Dam Safety Officer (MSHA, DOL), the Acting Center Chief of the Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center (Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA, DOL), and the Chief, Mine Waste and Geotechnical Engineering Division for the  Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center and the Bruceton Safety Technology Center, as well as serving as a Mining Engineer and a Consulting Engineer.

Dr. Wu received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering from National Cheng-Kung University in China, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.  

Among his many commendations, Dr. Wu has received the SME Distinguished member award, SME Coal and Energy Division Distinguished Service Award twice, was recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Labor with the MSHA Award for Quecreek Mine Rescue, and the Special Achievement Award from MSHA.  He has received several educational recognitions including PCMIA's "Stephen McCann Educational Excellence Award”, and was elected Best Professor by the SME Student Chapter of West Virginia University.  He was recognized by Dept. of Labor with the Secretary’s Performance Award, the Secretary’s Exception Achievement Award, the Distinguished Career Service Award, and the Engineer of the Year Award (1982), as well as the Secretary of Labor’s Recognition Award.

For more information contact Melanie Thomas at 724-430-4199.

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