Thomas Novak, Ph.D.

Alliance Coal Academic Chair
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor

Research Areas: Automation and Control, mine power systems, mine safety, mineral economics

University of Kentucky, College of Engineering
Mining Engineering - MNG
234B MMRB
Lexington, KY 40506-0107
Phone: 859-257-3818
Fax: 859-323-1962
Email: thomas.novak@uky.edu

Professional Preparation

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

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