Blair M. Gardner is the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs of Arch Coal, Inc. Mr. Gardner is an attorney and is responsible for environmental and regulatory affairs related to mine operations.

Michael E. Karmis is professor and chairman of the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University. Dr. Karmis’ expertise is in rock mechanics, particularly underground stresses and strains, mine subsidence, and mine design.

William Leith is a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Dr. Leith is Chief of the Special Geologic Studies Group, which specializes in geologic studies of foreign countries, including work related to the monitoring and verification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban. Much of his recent work has concentrated on mining-related seismology in the former Soviet Union.

Jean-Michel M. Rendu is Vice President for Resources and Mine Planning, Newmont Gold Company; Dr. Rendu was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1997. He is expert in optimizing mine operations. Recent interests include effective transfer of advance mining technology in remote parts of the world.

John E. Wiegand is president of Vibronics, Inc. in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Wiegand specializes in blasting seismology and vibrational effects. He previously worked for the state of Indiana as a mine inspector and blasting specialist.

Zavis M. Zavodni is Chief, Geotechnical Engineer with Kennecott Utah Copper. Dr. Zavodni is an expert on geomechanics and slope stability, a major factor in design of rock blasting.

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