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The 2013 Howard N. Eavenson Award  

Awarded To: Jay F. Colinet

Jay has a BS degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and a MS degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.

Jay began his career as a Project Engineer at Bituminous Coal Research where he conducted health and safety mining research for eight years. His research efforts were focused upon: identification of successful canopy designs for equipment used in lower coal operations, characterization of float coal dust deposition in mine entries, and the development and evaluation of respirable dust control technologies for longwall and continuous mining operations.

Jay then worked as a Senior Engineer with Boeing Technical Services for two years before working as a Mining Engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Mines for eight years. In these positions, he continued to conduct respirable dust control research which was focused upon: the performance of flooded-bed scrubbers, water spray application and face ventilation for continuous miners, and control technologies for longwall operations.

When the Bureau of Mines was transferred into NIOSH, Jay became the Section Chief for the Dust Control team and for 10 years, led the research program that developed respirable dust controls for both coal and metal/nonmetal mining operations. Jay then served as Branch Chief of the Respiratory Hazards Control Branch for two years and oversaw the dust and diesel research programs. During this time, he also led the development of “best practices” handbooks for dust control in coal and metal/nonmetal mining. Jay is now working as a Senior Scientist with NIOSH and continues to conduct research to reduce mine-worker exposure to respirable coal and silica dust in an effort to prevent the development of Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis and silicosis. He is also working on a new project with the goal of reducing float coal dust liberation and deposition.

Throughout his career, Jay has worked to identify successful technologies that improve the health and safety of miners and then transfer this information to industry. In this regard, he has authored/coauthored over 70 publications and completed over 75 technical presentations, including presentations in Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, and Poland.

Presenter (on right) is Vlad Kecojevic, 2013 C&E Division Chair

About The Howard N. Eavenson Award:

The Howard N. Eavenson Award, first presented in 1969, is given for distinguished contributions to the advancement of coal mining.


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