Dr. Raja V. Ramani
Raja V. Ramani (NAE) is an independent consultant, Emeritus Professor of Mining and Geo-Environmental Engineering, and Emeritus George H. Jr and Anne B. Deike Chair in Mining Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ramani's research activities include flow mechanisms of air, gas, and dust through mining systems; innovative mining methods; simulation and mathematical programming; equipment selection; management issues of health, safety, productivity, costs, and human resource development; environmental monitoring; resource conservation; mined land reclamation; land use planning; and environmental site planning for underground and surface mining. Dr. Ramani's experience in mineral extension education has spanned more than 45 years including: planning, developing, directing, and conducting short courses for across academia and the public and private sectors. As a part of his research and consulting experiences, Dr. Ramani has visited mining operations in over 35 countries. He is active in several technical and professional societies and was the 1995 president of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). He has served on several expert panels for U.S. and State government agencies and as consultant to national and international agencies and mining companies world-wide on health, safety, productivity and environmental issues. He chaired the National Academies Committee on Underground Mine Disaster Survival and Rescue and the National Academies Committee to Review the NIOSH Mining Safety and Health Research Program. In addition, he has served as a member of the Panel on Technologies for the Mining Industry, Committee on the Study on Preventing Coal Waste Impoundment Failures and Breakthroughs, Committee on the Review of NIOSH Research Programs, and the Committee on Coal Research, Technology, and Resource Assessments to Inform Energy Policy. He is also a member of the Health Research Panel of the National Academies Committee on the Research Programs of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. A graduate of the Indian School of Mines, Dr. Ramani received a Ph.D. in mining engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Cecile S. Rose
Cecile S. Rose is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Health, and has academic appointments in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado and in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on mining-related cardiopulmonary diseases and on lung diseases following post-9/11 military deployment. Dr. Rose served between 2014 - 2016 as chair of the NIOSH Research Study Section and for several years as chair of the NIOSH Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee. She has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Assessment of the Department of Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry and on the standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment in the Workplace. Dr. Rose received her MD and MPH degrees from the University of Illinois Chicago. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and occupational and environmental medicine. She has an active clinical practice in occupational and environmental lung diseases as well as sustained funding for research in that area.
Dr. Emily Sarver
Emily A. Sarver is an associate professor in the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her primary research and outreach focuses on monitoring, characterization and control of mine-generated contaminants that have implications for occupational or environmental health. She has specific expertise in respirable dust and diesel particulate in underground mines, and has led work on several funded projects to characterize respirable particulates in coal mines. This work has used a variety of analytical techniques, some of which have not been previously applied to mine dusts. Dr. Sarver also has expertise in respirable particulate sampling and real-time monitoring in mine environments. Her other research interests include responsible development of mineral and energy resources, hydrometallurgy, and corrosion. In 2015, Dr. Sarver was named one of the first two recipients of the Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. Career Development Grant, awarded by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). She was also the recipient of the 2017 Health & Safety Research and Educational Excellence Award and the 2016 Mineral Processing Division Young Engineer Award from the SME, and the 2015 Outstanding Researcher Award from the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science. Dr. Sarver holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mining engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech..
Mr. Joseph Sbaffoni
Joseph A. Sbaffoni is Principle for JAS MINE CONSULTING LLC, offering consulting services to the mining industry. He has more than 47 years of experience in miner health and safety program areas including mine inspection, miner training, miner certification, equipment approval, accident investigation and emergency response. Mr. Sbaffoni began his career in mining in 1970, was certified as a Pennsylvania Mine Foreman in 1975 and held a range of management positions in Pennsylvania’s mines rising to the position of mine superintendent. He was certified as a Pennsylvania Bituminous Mine Inspector and was appointed sequentially to the positions of Bituminous Deep Mine Inspector (1984), Bituminous Division Chief (1988), and Director (2003), in the Pennsylvania Bureau of Mine Safety. During his tenure, Mr. Sbaffoni played a major role in updating and improving all mine health and safety programs in the Commonwealth. Mr. Sbaffoni played a key role in the Quecreek mine rescue of nine trapped miners in 2002. He was instrumental in the enactment of the Mine Families First Act in 2007 and a new Mine Safety Act for Bituminous Coal Mines in 2009 which contributed to the outcome of fatal free years in Pennsylvania’s underground mines in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He served on NIOSH's Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2012. He holds an Associate Degree in Mining Technology from Pennsylvania State University and was recognized as a Centennial Fellow in 1996, received a Special Recognition for Sciences and Engineering in Service to Society award in 2002 and the Robert Stefanko Distinguished Achievement Award in Mineral Engineering in 2010. He is a member of the Penn State Mining Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee and the Eberly Campus Advisory Board and Mining Industry Advisory Board. He is a past president and member of the Joseph A Holmes Safety Association, National Mine Rescue Association, Mine Rescue Veterans of the Pittsburgh District, Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America, Mine Safety Institute of America and Pennsylvania Bituminous Safety Association.
Mr. Michael J. Wright
Michael J. Wright is the director of Health, Safety and Environment for the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union. He is a former member of the Department of Labor’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He has worked extensively on international health, safety and environment issues with the International Labour Organization and the International Trade Union Confederation. He currently serves on the world’s first global union-management safety and health committee, established in 2009 by ArcelorMittal Steel. He is a member of NIOSH’s Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee. He has taught safety and health, and worked with unions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Poland, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia. He was a member of an international team that investigated the Bhopal disaster. He is a former member of the Program Advisory Committee of the International Program on Chemical Safety, set up under the ILO, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations Environment Program. He also served on the international coordinating group overseeing the effort to harmonize chemical classification and labeling systems throughout the world, whose work was completed in 2003. Mr. Wright worked on several MSHA rulemakings, most notably on the standard for diesel particulate in underground metal and non-metal mines. In addition, he has worked on safety and health issues in iron, copper, silver, trona, potash, uranium and nickel mines in the United States and Canada. Mr. Wright received an M.S. degree in industrial hygiene from the Harvard School of Public Health.