The 2004 Howard N. Eavenson Award
Awarded To: Christopher J. Bise
“For his contributions to engineering education, new and innovative technology and enhancing the health and safety of miners through extensive and diversified research, coupled with his efforts to drive research toward practical applications.”
Christopher John Bise, PhD, MHS, PE, CMSP is a Professor and Program Chair of both the Mining Engineering and Industrial Health and Safety programs at The Pennsylvania State University. He also holds the endowed George H, Jr. and Anne B. Deike Chair in Mining Engineering, and created the undergraduate major in Industrial Health and Safety in 1996.
Dr. Bise received three degrees in mining engineering: a BS from Virginia Tech, and an MS and PhD from Penn State. He also received an MHS in Environmental Health Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1998. In addition to being a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, and a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP), he is also a board certified Forensic Engineer. Dr. Bise worked as a mining engineer for the Consolidation Coal Co in the underground coal mines of eastern Ohio. He has conducted research in many areas, such as mine design, miner training, accident prevention, and hearing conservation.
A Distinguished Member of SME (2001) and the Pittsburgh Section (1994), and former Chair of the Coal Division (1996), Dr. Bise has received SME’s Ivan B. Rahn Education Award (2003). Additionally, he has received the Old Timers’ Award for Excellence in Mining Engineering Education (1997), PCMIA’s Stephen McCann Award for Educational Excellence (1992), ISMSP’s Al Geiser Safety Award (2003), Virginia Tech’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in Mining and Minerals Engineering (2000), and numerous teaching advising, and service awards at Penn State.
The Howard N. Eavenson Award, first presented in 1969, is given for distinguished contributions to the advancement of coal mining.