productivity, environment, and management; flow mechanisms of air, gas, and dust in mining environs; and innovative mining methods. Dr. Ramani has been a consultant to the United Nations, World Bank, and National Safety Council and has received numerous awards from academia and technical and professional societies. He was the 1995 president of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. He served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (DHHS) Mine Health Research Advisory Committee (1991-1998). He has served on a number of NRC committees, including the Committee on Coal Waste Impoundments, the Panel on Technologies for the Mining Industries, the Committee on the Review of NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Research Programs, and was chair of the Committee to Review the NIOSH Mining Safety and Health Research Program. In 2002, he chaired the Pennsylvania Governor’s Commission on Abandoned Mine Voids and Mine Safety that was set up immediately following the Quecreek Mine inundation incident and rescue.
Jean-Michel M. Rendu (NAE) is a mining consultant and retired vice president for resources and mine planning at Newmont Mining Corporation. Dr. Rendu was previously an associate with Golder Associates in Denver, Colorado; an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines; an assistant professor of mining engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and head of operations research with Anglovaal in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Rendu is recognized as a leader in the development of national and international standards for the evaluation and public reporting of mineral resources and reserves. His current interests are in optimizing the evaluation, development, and operation of mining projects using appropriate mathematical and managerial technology; as well as drilling and sampling methods, deposit modeling, mine design, ore control, reconciliation of production results with exploration models, and development of computerized systems that facilitate and speed up data collection, quality control, data analysis, and decision making. Dr. Rendu received his doctor of engineering science from Columbia University.
Edward S. Rubin is a professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a chair as the Alumni Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science and was founding director of the university’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies and the Environmental Institute. His teaching and research are in the areas of energy utilization, environmental control, technology innovation, and technology-policy interactions, with a particular focus on issues related to coal utilization and global climate change. He is a fellow member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a past chairman of its Environmental Control Division, and recipient of the Air and Waste Management Association Lyman A. Ripperton Award for distinguished achievements as an educator. He