Awards & Scholarships

Sukumar Bandopadhyay

Sukumar Bandopadhyay (SME)

AIME Erskine Ramsay Medal* in 2019

For his notable contributions to the development and advancement of Alaskan coal resources, advancement of health and safety, and productivity in coal mines through research and professional leadership in SME’s Coal & Energy Division.

Dr. Sukumar Bandopadhyay is professor of Mining Engineering (Emeritus) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He received his B.Sc. degree in mining engineering and M.Tech degree in mine planning from Indian Institute of Technology-BHU, India. He also holds an MS degree in mining engineering and operations research and a Ph.D. degree in mining engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alaska. Dr. Bandopadhyay is a distinguished alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, and a Centennial Fellow of The Pennsylvania State University. He is a Distinguished Member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. Dr. Bandopadhyay has worked in coal and metal mines in various supervisory capacities for over five years. He has served in various capacities in SME/AIME and in the Coal and Energy Division. He served as a visiting professor at Lulea University, Sweden. He has also served on the United Nations’ Development Program (UNDP) as a TOKTEN consultant. His research interests are in coal mining, mining in the arctic, Operations Research, and Computer Applications, Mine Health and Safety, Mine Ventilation, Neural network and Support Vector Machine, Ceramic Membranes and Energy Materials.