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The 2005 Stefanko Best Paper Award  

Awarded To: R. Karl Zipf, Jr.

for his paper “Ground Control Design for Highwall Mining” PRESENTED AT: 2005 SME Annual Meeting Salt Lake City, Utah
Dr. R. Karl Zipf, Jr. is Senior Mining Engineer with NIOSH at the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory. He entered the mining industry in 1970 by working as a laborer in several underground metal mines. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in 1975, a M.S. in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1978, and his Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1988. His major expertise is in ground control, numerical methods in geomechanics, underground mining methods and health and safety issues in the mining industry. Prior to joining NIOSH in 2001, Dr. Zipf held research positions with the former U.S. Bureau of Mines, academic positions at University of Missouri-Rolla and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and engineering positions with Morrison-Knudsen, Co. and Wahler Associates. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and the lead author on over 35 technical publications. Dr. Zipf is active with SME and serves on the Professional Registration committee and the new Mining Engineering Handbook committee. He is also active with the American Rock Mechanics Association and serves on its Board of Directors.

About The Stefanko Best Paper Award:

The Stefanko Best Paper Award, established in 1983, recognizes authors presenting papers in the Coal & Energy Division technical sessions, at SME Annual Meetings, for their contributions to the body of knowledge.


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