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January-February, 2004 - VOLUME 3, NUMBER 1

Parekh Receives Distinguished Mining Engineering Award

Dr. BK Parekh, a 30-year veteran of coal preparation research, and longtime researcher at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), has won a prestigious award. He was recently presented with the Robert H. Richards Award by the American Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME), the parent organization of the Society of Mining Engineering. The Award is given to "recognize achievement in any form which unmistakably furthers the art of mineral beneficiation in any of its branches." The award was presented to him in February at the 2004 Society of Mining Engineers' Annual Meeting in Denver, CO.

BK Parekh with Award

Parekh, right, receives award from AIME president Robert C. Freas.

Dr. Parekh's successful professional history reflects both an industrial and academic background. His career began at Battelle Columbus Laboratories, followed by a time at Exxon Minerals Company, after which, he came to UK. In addition to his 20 years at the CAER, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the UK Department of Mining Engineering. UK Mining Engineering Department Chairman Rick Sweigard says, "BK Parekh is a deserving recipient of the Richards Award. He has established an outstanding reputation in the area of coal preparation, particularly, for his work in column flotation. Currently, his work in deep-cone thickening for coal waste streams presents great potential for the mining industry. He has developed a solid working relationship with researchers in the Department of Mining Engineering, which has helped to establish UK as one of the leaders in coal preparation research."

Parekh is the author of over 75 scientific publications, holds seven U.S. Patents, and has completed more than $3 million worth of research contracts from Federal, State, and industrial agencies. He has received several significant earlier awards. In 1999 he received the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME) Distinguished Member award for his out standing service to the mineral industry and the society. In 2000, he received the Senior Scientist Technical Award from the American Filtration Society for his contribution to enhancing knowledge on dewatering of fine coal suspension.

He also has long associations with many respected journals. He is the Associate Editor for the "Mineral and Metallurgical Processing" journal; and is an editorial board member for the "International Journal of Mineral Processing," "Coal Preparation," and "Fuel Science and Technology" journals.

His areas of experience include physical beneficiation, coal preparation, fine-particle technology, and surface, colloid and solution chemistry. He has a highly-successful record in developing new processes and troubleshooting. An example is his development of the 'Ken-Flote' Column technique for advanced column flotation, which is being used on a commercial scale.

Dr. Parekh received an M.S. and Ph.D. in mineral processing from The Pennsylvania State University in 1972 and 1979, respectively. Previous to that he also received a B.S. and M.S. in physical chemistry in India.