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Mining graduate wins scholarship

Chris Newman accepting his scholarship

Chris Newman (center).

Chris Newman, a recent mining engineering graduate, won the Kazem Oraee Scholarship for Mining at the 2015 International Conference on Ground Control in Mining.

While at WVU, Newman studied the development of an online user’s and training manual for LaModel, a mining software program, under Keith Heasley, Charles T. Holland Professor of mining engineering.

The program has been widely adopted as a ground control design tool and the comprehensive electronic user's manual and training modules provide a singular source for LaModel reference and training materials. The manual allows users to quickly access information on the installation, operation and troubleshooting procedures of LaModel through the incorporation of detailed documentation, software simulations, presentations and related academic articles. 

The $5,000 scholarship was created to promote underground mining engineering and ground control discipline and is awarded annually at the ICGCM conference.

Newman is pursuing his doctoral degree in mining engineering at University of Kentucky.


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