The 2005 SME Distinguished Member Award
Awarded To: John N. Murphy
In recognition and appreciation of outstanding service to the minerals industry and to the Society.
John N. Murphy serves as Research Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Executive Director-McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine-University of Pittsburgh. Professor Murphy served as the Research Director of the Pittsburgh Research Center of the U.S. Bureau of Mines from 1978 until 1997. Under his direction, the Center conducted research pertaining to underground and surface mines, as well as coal and ore beneficiation plants. The principal research focus of the Center was mine health and safety but other studies were directed toward new mining technology and mine environmental issues. He served as Senior Scientist, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and Visiting Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh from 1997 to 2001.
Professor Murphy is a Registered Professional Engineer. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree from Duquesne University. He holds two patents and has authored more than 90 technical publications. He is the recipient of the Department of Interior Distinguished Service Award (1985) and the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive (1986) and Presidential Award for Distinguished Executive (1993).
Additional professional responsibilities include Member of the Committee on Earth Resources-National Research Council, Chair of the Executive Committee of Longwall USA, and Chair of the Visiting Committee for the Mining Department-West Virginia University. SME responsibilities include President of the SME Foundation, Coal and Energy Division, Past GEM Chair, Director and Past Chairman of the Pittsburgh Section of SME.
Professor Murphy also serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the International Committee on Coal Research, Director of the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America, Director and Past President of the National Mine Rescue Association, Member and Past President of the Mine Rescue Veterans of Pittsburgh District, Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Senior Member of IEEE, Member AIChE, Member of the Mining and Metallurgy Society of America, and Past Chairperson of the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board. He is active in community affairs and the Boy Scouts of America, and the Carnegie Science Center Awards for Excellence program.
The Distinguished Member Award, established in 1975, is presented to a select few who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating significant and sustained contributions to the minerals industry and to SME. There must be some contributions to both the industry and SME, though significant and sustained contributions can be to either one.