The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum recently announced its 2021 Hall of Fame inductees, with Indian Raja V. Ramani among the quartet of nominees.
This year’s inductees – which also included Dr Richard L. Bullock, Gary J. Goldberg and Harry M. Parker – selected by the Board of Governors of the National Mining Hall of Fame, are honored for setting new and consistent standards and improvement of existing processes for feasibility studies and resource / reserve estimation, management contributions and proactive leadership in safety and diversity, innovative practical application of geostatistics and lifelong contributions to the training of many professionals in the field. mining industry among the largest in the world, the mining hall of fame said in its press release.
Ramani has devoted most of his career to nurturing leaders in the mining industry through his more than 50-year affiliation with Pennsylvania State University.
Ramani received his Bachelor of Mining Engineering with Honors in 1962 from the Indian School of Mines. He joined Bengal Coal Co. before immigrating to the United States for a Masters and PhD at Penn State. Ramani then joined the faculty and spent the rest of his career there.
After obtaining his professional engineering license in 1971, he developed a short course to prepare mining engineers for the PE exam. The course has been picked up by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Engineering and continues to prepare candidates for exams even today, the statement added.
In 1978, Ramani became a full professor. He was chairman of the mineral engineering management section and head of the mineral engineering department, and was appointed to the first endowed chair of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Ramani has carried out research on a variety of topics funded by major scientific and mining research agencies and institutions and has served as co-director of three research centers. He has served on more than 40 committees of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Engineering, has been its chairman, chairman of the SME Foundation and chairman of the Coal Division, he said.
Ramani has served on the Board of Directors of SMEs, the Board of Directors of the SME Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers. In 2005, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, he adds.