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Thomas Novak, Ph.D., P.E.

Professor and Alliance Coal Academic Chair, Department Chair

Contact

859-257-3818
234B MMRB

Appointments

University of Kentucky Professor and Holder of the Alliance Coal Academic Chair, Mining Engineering, Nov 2010 – Present.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division Director, Mining Science and Technology; Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, Mar 2008 – Nov 2010

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) C.T. Holland Professor and Department Head, Mining and Minerals Engineering, Nov 2004 – Mar 2008

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Professor and Dept. Head, Mining and Minerals Engineering, Aug 2001 – Nov 2004

The University of Alabama Professor, Holder of the G.N. Drummond Chair, and Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Jan 2000 – Aug 2001

The University of Alabama Professor and Holder of the G.N. Drummond Chair of Civil Engineering, Aug 1999 – Jan 2000

The University of Alabama Interim Department Head, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Aug 1998 – Aug 1999

The University of Alabama Professor, Electrical Engineering, Aug 1996 – Aug 1998

The University of Alabama Associate Professor, Mineral Engineering, Aug 1988 – Aug 1996

The University of Alabama Assistant Professor, Mineral Engineering, July 1983 – Aug 1988

The Pennsylvania State University Instructor and Mining Center Coordinator, Aug 1981 – Jul 1983

The Pennsylvania State University Instructor of Mining Engineering, Aug 1978 – Aug 1981

U.S. Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh Research Center Electrical Engineer, Jun 1976 – Aug 1978

Republic Steel Corporation, Northern Coal Mines Division Assistant Division Maintenance Engineer, May 1975 – Jun 1976


Education

Ph.D., Major: Mining Engineering, Minor: Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, May 1984

M.S., Mining Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, August 1978

B.S., Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, May 1975


Publications

Research Interests:

Automation and Control

Mine Power Systems

Mine Safety, Mineral Economics