University of Kentucky alumnus J. Steven Gardner (BSBAE 1975; MSMNG 1991) has been appointed by President Donald Trump to serve as director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement. Gardner is President and CEO of ECSI, LLC, a consulting firm where he has focused on natural resources, mining, reclamation, energy, environmental and health and safety issues.
As a licensed professional engineer, Gardner has worked on projects throughout the United States and internationally. He was the 2015 President of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). He has served on the UK Mining Engineering Foundation, Kentucky Geological Survey, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering Advisory Boards, and was a member of the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
Gardner was honored for his career in 2011 with induction into the UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction.