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International Arrivals

Kentucky is often stereotyped as a very parochial, backwoods sort of place. The many international collaborations and efforts of the CAER negates that label. Here are some examples.

Of the 83 current employees, 16 are from overseas. A quick survey of our last ten years shows that during that time, we have employed those from: Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, The United Kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe - and the USA.

To read a researcher's lighter view on international relationships, see the late Frank Derybshire's Energeia editorial on the other side of international travel.

While serving our local and regional constituency, we cannot crawl into a cocoon. It is important to recognize the importance of both near and far. One of the major ways we serve our international clients is through the meetings we organize. April will bring with it the first World of Coal Ash conference. Along with the CAER it is organized by the American Coal Ash Association, the U. S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, and U. S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining. This conference really does represent the World of Coal Ash, as the 500 or so participants will be coming to Lexington from all over the globe. It is the "World Series" of ash. In addition to this, the CAER has previously hosted multiple International Ash Symposia, the 2001 International Carbon Conference, and many others.

Several researchers have been published in International Journals with the highest reputations in their fields. In addition, several scientists are editors or on the editorial boards of these journals: Applied Catalysis, Carbon Journal, Coal Preparation, Geologica Acta, International Journal of Coal Geology, International Journal of Mineral Processing, Journal of the Polish Mineral Engineering Society.

Sabbaticals are synonymous with universities. The CAER has hosted several professors and researchers over the years and found it beneficial in multiple ways. While bringing to the lab the outsiders' views, research expertise, etc., these interactions also serve to spread our reputation to far away lands.