Michael Karmis, professor and former Stonie Barker chair of the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at the College of Engineering in Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended by the board of the Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in the exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1978, Karmis made significant contributions to responsible mining through his work in rock mechanics and ground control, health and safety, sustainable development mining practices, carbon sequestration, and critical mineral recovery.
He also served as the Director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, a statewide interdisciplinary study and research facility located at Virginia Tech. In this capacity, he was responsible for researching and analyzing Virginia’s energy trends as well as examining socio-economic implications related to energy and coal and gas development and associated environmental impacts. He has become a recognized expert on effective carbon management technologies through reduced carbon footprints.
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