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mining engineering educator

Raja Venkat Ramani, Indian Mining engineering educator. Achievements include research in health, safety, environmental and productivity aspects in underground and surface mining engineering.

Background

Ramani, Raja Venkat was born on August 4, 1938 in Madras, India. Came to the United States, 1966. Son of Natesa and Meenakshi (Srinivasan) Rajaraman.

Education

Bachelor of Science with honors, Indian School Mines, Dhanbad, Bihar, 1962. Doctor of Science (honorary), Indian School Mines, Dhanbad, Bihar, 1997. Master of Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1968.

Doctor of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 1970.

Career

Mining engineer, manager Andrew Yule & Company, Asansol, West Bengal, India, 1962-1966. Graduate assistant Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1966-1970, assistant professor, 1970-1974, associate professor, 1974-1978, professor mining engineering, 1978—2001, chairman mineral engineering management section, 1974—2001, head department mineral engineering, 1987-1998, George and Anne Deike chair in mining engineering, 1997—2001, professor emeritus, since 2001, Deike chair emeritus, since 2001. Chairman committee post-disaster survival/rescue National Academy of Sciences, Washington, 1979-1981.

Member health research panel National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Research Programs of the United States Bureau of Mines, 1994. Member National Academy of Sciences Committee on Technologies for the Mineral Industries, 2000-2001. Member National Academy of Sciences Committee on Coal Waste Impoundments, 2001-2002.

Member National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health programs, since 2005. Chairman Governor's Commission on Mine Voids and Mine Safety, Pennsylvania, 2002. Consultant United Nations, United Nations Development Program, Department Economic and Social Development, New York City, 1983-1997, World Bank, 1998-1999, National Safety Council, 2003-2006.

Consultant, expert panels United States Department Labor, 1979, 92, 96, Department of Health and Human Services, 1977, 92, United States Department State, 1986, 87, United States Department Interior, 1995, Department Environmental Resources, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1990, 92. Co-director Generic Mineral Technology Center on Respirable Dust, United States Bureau Mines, 1983—2001, National Mines/Land Reclamation Center, 1988—2001, Standard Oil Center of Excellence on Longwall Technology, 1983-1989. Presenter in field, National Academy of Sciences Committee Land Research Technology & Resource Assessments Inform Engineering Policy, 2005-2007, chairman, National Academy of Sciences Committee Review National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Mining Health & Safety Program, 2005-2007, member, National Research Council Committee Offshore Oil & Gas Platform Inspection Program Mineral Management Science, since 2009.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in health, safety, environmental and productivity aspects in underground and surface mining engineering.

Works

Membership

Member National Academy of Engineering, International Council for Application of Computers in the Mineral Industry (chairman 1984-1987, Distinguished Achievement award 1989), Society Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, Inc. Foundation (president 2001-2004), Society Mining, Metallurgical and Exploration (Distinguished Member 1989, president 1995), Mine Ventillation Society South Africa, Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum Engineers(honorary).

Connections

Married Geetha V. Chalam, July 9, 1972. Children: Deepak, Gautam.

father:
Natesa Rajaraman

mother:
Meenakshi (Srinivasan) Rajaraman

spouse:
Geetha V. Chalam

child:
Deepak Ramani

child:
Gautam Ramani