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The 2009 Daniel C. Jackling Award  

Awarded To: Mark N. Savit

"For his outstanding leadership and contribution in elevating the liability awareness and responsibility of thousands of supervisors, engineers, and professionals in the mining industry; and for his lecture, "Dysfunction Junction: When Inalterable Regulations Meet Evolving Technology"
Mark N. Savit received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California in 1970. After a year of graduate school, he was hired by the U.S. Bureau of Mines to make educational safety and health videos. During that work, he received extensive training through both the U.S.B.M. and industry on mining and mine safety and health. In 1972, Mr. Savit took part in rescue efforts at the Sunshine Mine Fire and captured video of the rescue of the only two survivors. That video was recently released as part of the film, You Are My Sunshine; a documentary of the fire and the rescue. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Savit was put in charge of the Special Investigation Unit of MSHA’s predecessor agency, the Mining Enforcement and Safety Administration (“MESA”). While working for the U.S.B.M. and MESA, Mr. Savit attended Georgetown University Law Center at night and received his J.D. Degree in 1976. He has been, among other things, advising and representing mining companies and miners ever since. He is currently the managing partner of the Denver, Colorado office of Patton Boggs, LLP. It is believed that he is the only current managing partner of any office of any national law firm with both an extensive mining background and a ponytail.

About The Daniel C. Jackling Award:

The Daniel C. Jackling Award, established in 1953, and funded by AIME, is presented for significant contributions to technical progress in mining, geology, and geophysics.


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