Ludwig Wilke Award

The Ludwig Wilke Award recognizes active SOMP Members whose research, publications and innovative educational initiatives have made significant contributions to the Society and to the body of knowledge in mining engineering.

The award is named after Professor F. Ludwig Wilke, one of the founders of the Society of Mining Professors. A distinguished engineer, researcher and academic, Prof. Wilke has promoted research programs and partnerships, encouraged scientific publications and has provided leadership and mentoring to his SOMP colleagues.

Award Committee

Past Secretary General, President, Past President, and Member at Large.

2019-2020 Award Committee:

  • Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, UNSW, Australia, Coordinator
  • Prof. Oliver Langefeld, Technische Universitaet Clausthal, Germany
  • 2019-2020 President: Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
  • 2019-2020 Immediate Past President: Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann, TH Georg Agricola University, Germany


Nominations should be submitted to the Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, by April 1, 2020.

Nomination Letters

Nomination letters should include:

  • how the nominee meets the criteria for the award (not more than 2 pages)
  • an abbreviated resume of the candidate
  • a suggested award citation (30 words or less)

Winner List

2013 Prof. Jan Palarski For his contributions to the advancement of improved mining systems and practices, his innovative research in the area of clean coal technology, including underground coal gasification and carbon dioxide storage, and for his service to the Society of Mining Professors.
2014 none
2015 Prof. Hans de Ruiter In recognition and appreciation of his vision that resulted in the development of innovative, global, university educational partnerships in the broad field of Minerals Engineering, his contribution to establishing international curricula and his tireless mentoring of students worldwide.
2016 Prof. Monika Hardygora For her distinguished contributions to the improvement of mining solutions meeting environmental challenges, and her promoting of transnational research and teaching activities.
2017 Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite For his pioneering work as a researcher, his accomplishments as a global educator, his leadership and vision as the Secretary General of the Society and his dedication to the mission and values of SOMP.
2018 none
2019 Prof. Michael Karmis For his distinguished contribution to body of knowledge in mining engineering, his innovative research, and significant service and commitment to Society of Mining Professors (SOMP)/Societät der Bergbaukunde.