The 2004 Robert Peele Memorial Award
Awarded To: Rajive Ganguli
For his paper: “Effect of Variance on Control Algorithm” Published in:
Dr. Rajive Ganguli is an Associate Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He got a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) degree from Kothagudem School of Mines, Osmania University, India, in 1991, a Master of Science (Mining Engineering) from Virginia Polytechnic University and State University in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1999. He has been at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1999. He has previously worked for
Hindustan Copper Limited in India and Arch of Kentucky (now Arch Coal).
Dr. Ganguli has been involved with SME in various capacities. Notables are being a Future Leader, Chairing the Internet Committee (current), co-chairing the SME-sponsored Tenth U.S./North American Mine Ventilation Symposium in May 2004, chairing various sessions in Annual Meetings, and involvement with the Coal & Energy Division and Mining & Exploration Division.
Mining industry application of artificial intelligence and operations research is his core area of interest. He is currently directing or participating in various research projects funded by the Department of Energy, Department of Interior and United States Army. His previous projects include designing a multi-seam underground coal mine, developing a coal segregation algorithm for use with online ash analyzers (patented by the University of Kentucky), application of neural networks for calibrating online analyzers, expert system for submarine tailings disposal, effect of particle size distribution on power plants for low rank Alaskan coal, and logistics for the Stryker brigade.
The Robert Peele Memorial Award, established in 1953, and funded by AIME, is given for the most outstanding paper published on behalf of The Mining and Exploration Division by an SME member under the age of 35.