The 2003 Coal & Energy Division Distinguished Service Award
Awarded To: R. Larry Grayson
For achievements in the coal mining industry.
Since November 2000, Dr. Grayson has been Chairman, Department of Mining Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, and the Union Pacific/Rocky Mountain Energy Professor of Mining Engineering. He is also the Interim Director of UMR’s newly formed Energy Research and Development Center. He recently chaired the National Research Council committee on Material Flows Accounting of Natural Resources, Products, and Residuals, which was co-sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of Energy, and National Science Foundation.
After joining the coal mining industry in early 1975, he has worked in the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) briefly; as Junior Engineer, Section (production) Foreman, Mining Engineering, Chief Mining Engineer and Superintendent of an underground coal mine and preparation plant. In academia, he has been professor, chairman, and dean; always dedicating his time and effort to students as a first love. Throughout his career, he has faithfully served SME and the Coal and Energy Division on many different committees, including on the SME Board of Directors (1999-2002), as Chair of the Coal Division (2000), SME Annual Meeting Program Chair (2000), Program Chair of the Coal Division (1998), Chair of the Council of Education (1995-97), Chair of the Ramsey Medal Award Committee (1996), and Chair of the Education Planning Committee (1991). He was elected a Distinguished Member of SME in 2002.
Dr. Grayson is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Pennsylvania, a certified Mine Foreman and Mine Examiner in Pennsylvania, and has published 126 technical articles and reports, including 36 in peer-reviewed journals. His areas of expertise include mine management; mine health, safety, and training; coal mining; respirable dust; and mine ventilation; and he is a practitioner in other aspects of mining. He has consulted broadly on technical issues and as an expert witness.
Just prior to joining UMR a second time, he was selected as the first permanent Associate Director of the Office for Mine Safety and Health Research of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in Washington, D.C., starting on November 1, 1997. In this capacity until November 3, 2000, he managed the former Bureau of Mines mine health and safety research functions that were merged into NIOSH, and set up a peer-reviewed research program that was responsive to stakeholders expressed needs, many projects of which were founded on partnerships.
It is presented to an individual for achievements in the coal mining industry.