The Committees

Membership Committee (2019-2020):

  • Secretary General: Prof. Vladislav Kecojevic, West Virginia University, USA
  • Deputy Secretary General: Prof. Serkan Saydam, UNSW, Australia
  • Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer: Elisabeth Clausen, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • President: Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
  • President-Elect: Harmony Musiyarira, Namibia Univ of Science & Technology, Namibia
  • Immediate Past President: Prof. Juergen Kretschmann, TH Georg Agricola University, Germany
  • Director of IT and Membership: Prof. Zach Agioutantis, University of Kentucky, USA

Strategic Planning Committee (2019-2020):

Council Officers:

  • President: Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
  • President-Elect: Dr Harmony Musiyarira, Namibia University of Science & Technology, Namibia
  • President-Elect Designate: Oliver Langefeld, Technische Univ Clausthal, Germany
  • Immediate Past President: Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann, TH Georg Argicola University, Germany
  • Secretary General: Prof. Vladislav Kecojevic, West Virginia University, USA
  • Deputy Secretary General: Prof Serkan Saydam, UNSW, Australia
  • Deputy Secretary General and Treasurer: Elisabeth Clausen, RWTH Aachen, Germany

Council Members:

  • Member for Oceania: Prof. Peter Dowd, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • Member for South America: Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
  • Member for Africa: Harmony Musiyarira, Namibia University of Science & Technology, Namibia
  • Member for Asia: Prof. Zhongxue Li, University of Science & Technology Beijing, China; Nga Nguyen, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam
  • Member for North America: Prof. Zach Agioutantis, University of Kentucky, USA
  • Member(s) for Europe: Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann, TH Georg Agricola University Germany; Marilena Cardu, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

SOMP Members:

  • Prof. Michael Karmis, past Secretary General, Virginia Tech, USA
  • Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite, past Secretary General, UNSW, Australia

Education Committee (2019-2020):

  • Assoc. Prof. Rudrajit Mitra, Wits, South Africa, Coordinator
  • Prof. Oliver Langefeld, Technische Universitaet Clausthal, Germany
  • Prof. Oscar Jaime Restrepo Baena, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
  • Prof. Piotr Czaja, AGH Krakow, Poland
  • Prof. Biljana Kovacevic-Zelic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Prof. Michael Hitch, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Prof. Jürgen Brune, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Prof. Ronny Webber-Youngman, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dr Nicole Smith, Colorado School of Mines, USA
  • Prof. Michael Nelson, University of Utah, USA
  • Prof. Ismet Canbulat, UNSW, Australia
  • Ms Angela Binder, Technische Universitaet Clausthal, Germany
  • Dr. Gabriela Paszkowska, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland

Research and Development and Industry Committee (2019-2020):

  • Assoc. Prof. Kwame Awuah-Offei, Missouri Science and Technology, USA, Coordinator
  • Dr. Marion Wilde, The Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
  • Assoc. Prof. Jhon Silva-Castro, University of Kentucky, USA
  • Assoc. Prof Veiko Karu, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Prof. Nikolaus August Sifferlinger, Montan University of Leoben, Austria
  • Prof. Radoslaw Zimroz, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Dr. Lijie Guo, Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, China.
  • Dr. Joung Oh, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Assist. Prof. Berk Tulu, West Virginia University, USA
  • Dr. Victor Wei Liu, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Dr. Hossein Masoumi, Monash University, Australia

Members Development Committee (2019-2020):

  • Assoc. Prof. Emily Sarver, Virginia Tech, USA, Co-Coordinator
  • Assoc, Prof. Andrea Brickey, South Dakota School of Mines, USA, Co-Coordinator
  • Dr. George Barakos, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • Prof. Deborah Shields, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Dr. Simit Raval, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Ms. Natalija Pavlovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Capacity Building Committee (2019-2020):

  • Prof. Domingo Javier Carvajal Gomez, University of Huelva, Spain, Coordinator
  • Dr. Harmony Musiyarira, Technical University of Namibia, Namibia
  • Prof. Jürgen Kretschmann, TH Georg Agricola University, Germany
  • Prof. Pinyo Meechumna, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Assoc, Prof. David Laurence, University of New South Wales, Australia, 
  • Prof. Helmut Mischo, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • Prof. Zhongxue Li, University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China
  • Dr. Nga Nguyen, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam
  • Dr. Jorge Soto, National University of San Marcos, Peru

IT  Committee (2019-2020):

  • Director of IT and Membership: Prof. Zach Agioutantis, University of Kentucky, USA, Coordinator
  • Prof. Domingo Javier Carvajal Gomez, University of Huelva, Spain
  • Assoc. Prof. Steve Schafrik, University of Kentucky, USA

Honorifics Committee (2019-2020):

  • David Laurence, University of New South Wales, Australia, Coordinator
  • Christoph Dauber, TH Georg Agricola University, Germany
  • Vladimir Pavlovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Guenter Fettweis Award Committee (2019-2020):

  • Prof. Michael Karmis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA, Coordinator
  • President Elect: Harmony Musiyarira, Technical University of Namibia, Namibia
  • Member at Large: Zach Agioutantis, University of Kentucky, USA
  • Member at Large: Helmuth Mischo, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany

Ludwig Wilke Award Committee (2019-2020):

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

Tim Shaw Award Committee (2019-2020):

The Tim Shaw Award is administered by the Education Committee, currently chaired by Assoc. Prof. Rudrajit Mitra, Wits, South Africa.

Michael Karmis SOMP PhD Fellowship Award Committee (2019-2020):

  • Michael Hitch, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, Coordinator
  • Elisabeth Clausen, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Emily Sarver, Virginia Tech, USA

Bruce Hebblewhite SOMP Best Paper Award Committee (2019-2020):

The Bruce Hebblewhite SOMP Best Paper Award is administered by the session chairs at the SOMP Annual General Meeting and the SOMP Deputy Secretary General Prof. Serkan Saydam, UNSW, Australia.