Awards & Scholarships

Michael G. Nelson

Michael G. Nelson (SME)

AIME Howard N. Eavenson Award in

In recognition for contributions to coal mining and processing in mining machine automation, mine ventilation, ground control and mine health and safety

Michael G. Nelson is professor of mining engineering and chair of the Mining Engineering Department at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and was previously professor of mining engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He holds a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering, an M.S. in physics, both from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in mining engineering from West Virginia University.  Nelson has worked for Kennecott Copper Co., Westinghouse Electric, Consolidation Coal Co., and EIMCO Process Equipment Co.    He holds nine patents and is the author many technical publications.  He has given invited short courses in the U.S., Chile, Australia, and India, has served as an expert witness in legal proceedings in the U.S. and Australia, and has consulted for widely.  Dr. Nelson and his wife, Judy, have six children and ten grandchildren.