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The 2005 Percy Nicholls Award  

Awarded To: Gerald H. Luttrell

“Gerald H. Luttrell, an exceptional innovator and educator, has contributed greatly to improving the state-of-the-art in the solids fuel industry. His engineering skills, unmatched knowledge of basic fundamentals and clear understanding of the processes needed to develop concepts into commercially-usable products have significantly impacted the efficiency and economic viability of fuel production processes. Coal production facilities worldwide use the technologies and methodologies either directly developed under his guidance or derived from research and industrial collaborations. Perhaps more importantly, he is a devoted educator with unparalleled presentation skills and an infectious enthusiasm and vivacity for life and learning. The industry has benefited mightily from the new processing engineers trained under his tutelage, from the many workshops conducted for industrial practitioners and from his contributions to the body of knowledge in archival journals and proceeding publications. Dr. Luttrell has performed tirelessly within his professional societies in a number of both service and leadership capacities. Despite his many notable professional achievements, he always deflects praise to others. Therefore, it is most fitting that his accomplishments be recognized by the societies through the granting of this prestigious award.”
Dr. Luttrell is the Massey Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. Since joining the faculty in 1986, he has completed R&D projects worth more tha $10 million, obtained 14 process patents, and authored more than 160 technical publications. His professional honors include the 1995 Stephen McCann Educational Excellence Award and 2001 Henry Krumb Lecturer.

About The Percy Nicholls Award:

The Percy W. Nicholls Award, established in 1942, funded by AIME and ASME in alternating years, is given for notable scientific or industrial achievement in the field of solid fuels.


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