Mining Feature: SME Spring 2023 Seminar Series features NIOSH presentations

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

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NIOSH Mining Program researchers and selected speakers will deliver a series of presentations at the Spring 2023 Seminar Series coordinated between the Program and the Pittsburgh Section of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME). These presentations are based on NIOSH papers accepted and published at the 2023 SME Annual Conference. 

The series will consist of eight 90-minute virtual sessions beginning on Tuesday, April 4th and continuing thereafter on a Tuesday-Thursday schedule for four weeks (April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27). Each session will begin at 1:00 p.m. EDT and will conclude at 2:30 p.m. During each session, a total of four papers will be presented at 20-minute intervals (15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions).

Attendance is free.

For those who wish to earn professional development hours, PDH certificates are available from SME at an extra cost. PDH certificates will be available for 1.5 hours per session up to a total of 12 hours for the complete series. SME will charge a flat rate per certificate regardless of the number of hours.

Registration is required for attendance and to receive an optional PDH certificate. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation containing the Zoom meeting link and additional information.

PDH certificates must be requested from Mary DelRosso ( or 412-835-7387)


For questions or to request further information, contact the seminar coordinators:


NIOSH presentations are designated by “(NIOSH)” following the presenter’s name. Non-NIOSH presentations are also listed for readers’ convenience. Each session will begin at 1 p.m. EDT and end at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - Health and Safety

Are Fatigue and Sleepiness the Same? A Brief Introduction to the Differences and Similarities and Their Implications for Work Safety - Max Barnham (NIOSH)

Using Near-Miss Events to Create Training Videos - Jennica Bellanca (NIOSH)

Do Metatarsal Boots Change Walking Patterns? - Lydia Kocher (NIOSH)

Field-Based Respirable Crystalline Monitoring Approach - Milan Yekich (NIOSH)

Thursday April 6, 2023 - Ground Control 1

Contribution of Individual Support to Roof Stability in a Longwall Gateroad - Zoheir Khademian (NIOSH)

Cemented Rockfill Size Effect Study with Specific Focus on Different Sample Preparation Techniques - Josef Bourgeois (NIOSH)

Forecasting Seismic Events in a Deep Longwall Coal Mine: An Update - Mark Van Dyke (NIOSH)

A Case Study of Potential Geologic Factors Affecting the Occurrence of Massive Strata Collapses in an Underground Limestone Mine in Southwestern Pennsylvania - Nicole Evanek (NIOSH)

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 - Methane Gas and Mine Ventilation

A Perspective of Gas Drainage from Gassy Coal Mines through Directional Drilling and Carbon Dioxide Gas Fracturing - Shimin Liu

Longwall-Induced Deformations and Shale Gas Well Casing Stresses-Ground Control Principles and Guidelines - Peter Zhang (NIOSH)

Permeability Values After First Panel Mine-By Under Shallow and Deep Cover - Marcia L. Harris (NIOSH)

Development of Air Quantity Estimator (AQE 2.0) Software for Estimating Airflow Requirements for Diluting Diesel Particulate Matter - Vasu Gangrade (NIOSH)

Thursday April 13, 2023 - Technology Developments

Conveying Technology Developments: Continued Expansion - Marc dos Santos

A Python-Based Tablet Interface for Moon Mining Operations - Victor Octavio

Wireless Coexistence: Concepts and Implications in the Mining Industry - Carl Sunderman (NIOSH)

Field Testing of New Style of Impingement Screens and Next-Generation Dust Filtering - Steven Schafrik

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 - Ground Control 2

Using Machine Learning to Evaluate Coal Geochemical Data with Respect to Dynamic Failures in U.S. Coal Seams - Heather Lawson (NIOSH)

Galvanic Corrosion Between Graphitic Rock and Ground Support - Casey Stazick (NIOSH)

Analysis of Steel Props (Quick Stik) under Different Loading Scenarios - Khaled Morsy Mohamed (NIOSH)

Taking Surface Quarry Operations Underground - Peter Christiansen

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Dust/Ventilation

Characterizing Radio Emissions from Electronic Systems Used in Underground Coal Mines - Chenming Zhou (NIOSH)

A Comparison of EM Emission Reduction Methods for Personal Dust Monitors - Yongjun Zhang (NIOSH)

A Comparison of Different Water Sprays at High Pressures for Respirable Coal Dust Knockdown Ability in a Confined Chamber - Scott Klima (NIOSH)

Lab Evaluation of an Air-Cleaning Fan on Respirable Dust Control - David Zheng (NIOSH)

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 - Battery Research

Considerations for Using Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Equipment in the Mining Environment - Dave Yantek (NIOSH)

Thermal Runaway Pressures as a Function of Free Space in Sealed Containers for Lithium Titanate Cells - Connor Brown (NIOSH)

Comparison of Fire Suppression Techniques on Lithium-Ion Battery Pack Fires - Wei Tang (NIOSH)

Lithium-Ion Battery Thermal Runaway in a Methane-Air Environment - Naseem Rayyan (NIOSH)

Thursday, April 27, 2023 - Ethics and Engineering Projects

The Practical Side of the Ethics Coin for Mining Professionals - Gary Hartsog

Full Scale Demonstration of Somerset Sub325 Centrifuge System on Refuse Tailings - Michael Barish

Extracting Stuck Mobile Equipment - Terence M. Taylor

Creating a Framework for Assured Autonomy - Michael McNinch (NIOSH)

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