Dr. Richard J. Sweigard, chair of the Department of Mining Engineering, has been honored by an organization of leaders in the mining industry.
Sweigard was selected from a nationwide field of mining engineering faculty members to receive the Old Timers Club Faculty Award. The award, given annually, was established to recognize an outstanding faculty member who has been an inspiration to students and has devoted a career to the development of mining engineers.
The Old Timers Club was conceived during the American Mining Congress Convention of 1938 in Cincinnati , Ohio . Nine leaders in the mining industry formed a group with the intent of improving the techniques of coal mining. The written purpose of the Old Timers Club was to “perpetuate friendships formed within the coal industry and to promote worthy activities directed toward the betterment of coal mining.”
There are now more than 70 members. Sweigard was recognized during the Old Timers Club winter meeting in Pittsburgh in December 2006.
“The Old Timers Club is a special group, and I’m honored to be chosen for this award,” Sweigard said. “More than a personal recognition, it’s a measure of how the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky has developed and grown over the past 15 years.”