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The J. W. Woomer Award

The J. W. Woomer Award (formerly the Young Engineer Award) established in 1976, brings recognition of engineering professionalism to young people working in the coal industry. Election to this honor is by the Coal & Energy Division Officers with notification to the SME Executive Committee.

Eligibility requirements for the award include: 1) the nominee must be a graduate engineer working in the coal industry; 2) the nominee must not reach their 35th birthday before the award is presented; 3) the nominee must have prepared a technical report for presentation at any coal industry meeting or for publication in any coal industry journal or transactions; and 4) the nominee must be a member of SME.

The nominating procedure specifies: 1) the nominating petition must include a written description of the engineering project(s) and must describe the specific involvement of the nominee in the work accomplished; 2) the nominating petition must be reviewed by the appropriate SME Local Section Executive Committee; and 3) the Local Section’s letter of endorsement for a nominee should include a description of the investigation by the Section’s Executive Committee and a listing of the engineering accomplishment(s) of the nominee. Any SME Local Section may nominate a candidate but nominations must have the approval of the Section’s Executive Committee. Prior to June 1 the nominating petition, including supporting documentation, should be forwarded to the Chair of the J. W. Woomer Award Committee.

Attention: Call for Nominations has been issued. All nominations are due June 1.
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