Stephen G. Allen receives 2011 Mining Engineering Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award
Stephen G. Allen posthumously received the Mining Engineering Foundation Distinguished Alumni Award at the Annual Awards Dinner in April, 2011. Mr. Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1980, and received his master’s degree in 1988. He then completed his J.D. in the UK College of Law in 1989. Mr. Allen was the youngest charter member of the Mining Engineering Foundation, and served on several committees throughout his tenure.
Allen had more than 20 years combined legal experience in the operations and environmental impact of coal mining in Appalachia. His practice was focused on the legal and environmental aspects of coal mining, including mineral property transactions, environmental compliance and reclamation surety bonds. He had extensive administrative trial experience in mining related cases. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Fayette County Bar Association, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, and the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers Bluegrass Chapter.
In addition to his career and professional achievements, Allen also spoke on the legal aspects of subsidence and legal developments in mining to groups such as the Kentucky Professional Engineers in Mining and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation.
Mr. Allen believed that higher education opened doors and provided opportunities that allowed young people to reach their full potential. His final request was that a scholarship be endowed to the UK College of Engineering. Through the creation of the Stephen G. Allen Memorial Scholarship, he will continue to support the education of Kentucky’s future engineers in perpetuity.