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UK Researchers First to Produce High Grade Rare Earths From Coal

November 25, 2017

University of Kentucky researchers have produced nearly pure rare earth concentrates from Kentucky coal using an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective process, a groundbreaking accomplishment in the energy industry.

Mining Engineering Professors Receive $2.1 Million Award to Advance Autonomous Underground Mining Systems

November 21, 2017

Three UK mining engineering professors have received a four-year, $2.19 million grant from the Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health.

Why Preparing Engineers and Computer Scientists Matters for Kentucky

October 13, 2017

Kentucky has the potential to become a leading force in advanced manufacturing – an industry priority for the Commonwealth and a critical element in our state’s future economic growth and prosperity.

Silva Receives Research Grant

September 07, 2017

Jhon Silva, assistant professor in the Department of Mining Engineering, has received a $428,903 research grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Honaker Awarded $6 Million from Department of Energy for Rare Earth Element Recovery Pilot Plant

August 25, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected a pilot-scale project led by University of Kentucky Professor of Mining Engineering Rick Honaker to move on to a second phase of research in an effort to recover rare earth elements (REE) from coal and coal byproducts.

WTBQ Radio interviews UK’s Rick Honaker on Rare Earth Elements

July 26, 2017

Earlier this month, Joe Dans at WTBQ Radio in Orange County, New York interviewed University of Kentucky mining engineering professor Rick Honaker about the potential impact of rare earth elements.

2017 PEM Seminar – September 15

July 22, 2017

The 2017 PEM seminar will be held on September 15, 2017 at Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.

Steve Schafrik joins the Department of Mining Engineering

July 22, 2017

Dr. Steven Schafrik joined the Department of Mining Engineering in August 2017.

UK team places first in the 20th Carlson Senior Design Competition

July 22, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Seniors — Austin Miller, Cory Murphy, Cole Childress, and Jae Hong Song — who placed first in the 20th Carlson Senior Design Competition.

UK Mining Engineering, CAER - DOE Funding for Rare Earth Element Research

June 27, 2017

DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy recently announced that the three projects have been selected to receive approximately $3 million for research aimed at producing salable rare earth elements from domestic coal and coal by-products. UK’s Department of Mining Engineering is a partner on one of those projects while UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is a partner on another project.