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Mining Engineering
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
365 Mineral Resources Building
P.O. Box 6070
Morgantown, WV 26506-6070
P: 304.293.7680
F: 304.293.5708

Faculty + Staff Directory

Christopher J. Bise

Mining Engineering

Professor and Robert E. Murray Chairman

Approved Graduate Faculty for Statler MS and PhD committees

B.S, Mining Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1972.
M.S., Mining Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1976
Ph.D., Mining Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1980
M.H.S., Environmental Health Engineering, Johns Hopkins University,1998

Phone: 304.293.3831

Office: MRB 365A

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Christopher Bise
I grew up in the Philadelphia, PA area and received my undergraduate education in mining engineering at Virginia Tech. From 1972 to 1974, I worked for the Consolidation Coal Company as a Resident Engineer for two underground coal mines in eastern Ohio. In 1974, I started graduate studies at Penn State and joined Penn State's mining engineering faculty in 1976, rising from instructor and through the professorial ranks to the George H. and Anne B. Deike Chair. I chaired Penn State's mining engineering program since 1993, and created and chaired the Industrial Health and Safety program since 1996. I am a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

On August 31, 2006, I resigned from Penn State as Professor Emeritus of Mining Engineering and Industrial Health and Safety. On September 1, 2006, I was appointed C.T. Holland Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mining Engineering at West Virginia University.

Research Interests

Mine Design
Mine Health and Safety
Mine Maintenance
Miner Training

Teaching Interests

Coal Mining
Mine Management
Mineral Property Evaluation

Special Interests

Participating: Racquetball, Golf, Judo, Music, Travel
Spectator Sports (College and Professional)

Professional Societies

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)
International Society of Mine Safety Professionals
Careers in Coal
National Society of Professional Engineers
National Society of Engineering Education
National Academy of Forensic Engineers