Awards & Scholarships

J. Steven Gardner

J. Steven Gardner (SME)

AIME Erskine Ramsay Medal* in

For substantial technical contributions to sustainable mining practices, outstanding service provided to his professional society, and invaluable leadership in educating the public on the importance of the mining industry.

He served as President/ CEO of ECSI, LLC for 35 years, a consulting practice focused on natural resources, mining, reclamation, energy, environmental, health and safety issues.

Mr. Gardner has an MS Mining Engineering, Graduate Certification in Environmental Systems and BS Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky. In 2011, he was inducted into the UK Engineering Hall of Distinction. As a Professional Engineer, he has worked on projects throughout the US and internationally. Early in his career, he served on a Volunteer mine rescue team.

He was 2015 President of SME and recognized as a Distinguished Member and Registered Member. He served on the UK Mining Engineering Foundation, Kentucky Geological Survey, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Advisory Boards and was a member of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. In 2017, he was nominated to be Director of the US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.