Syd S. and Felicia F. Peng Ground Control in Mining Award

The purpose of the award is to provide recognition to individuals that have demonstrated technical and scientific excellence in advancing the understanding of ground control technologies or approaches by either publication or direct applications in the mining industry. The annual award will be given to an individual or a group that: (1) has shown insight and understanding of ground control issues by developing concepts, theories or technologies that have been adopted by the mining community, or (2) has successfully implemented a ground control design or designs or practices. The award will be available to individuals/groups that have made such contributions to ground control related to coal and/or non-coal (metals, commodities, etc) or aggregate mines.

In addition, in 2009, the Syd S. Peng Fund added two Ground Control in Mining Scholarships to promote the science of Ground Control. Recent trends in mining engineering professionals indicate a shortage of competent ground control engineers. To help remedy this situation and promote the ground control engineering discipline, an undergraduate and/or graduate scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to encourage the development of ground control engineers.

Award Recipients

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Gabriel EsterhuizenRonald Parratt presents the 2022 Syd S. and Felicia F. Peng
Ground Control in Mining Award to Gabriel S. Esterhuizen
"For recognition of his 
significant contributions and dedication to the mining industry and for enthusiastically blazing a trail for mining professionals with collaboration, mentorship and support.

Submission deadline: All nominations must be received as complete by SME Foundation by August 1, 2024.

Submission Procedure:

Nominations open April 1, 2024
Requirements and Qualifications (PDF)

  Nominations are now open

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