Friends and colleagues are invited to celebrate the career of Dr. Richard A. Bajura as he officially retires from his post as director of the WVU National Research Center for Coal and Energy, Tuesday, September 19, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Club Room of the WVU Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown, W.Va.
Dr. Bajura joined the WVU College of Engineering as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in 1969 and was promoted to associate professor in 1974 and full professor in 1978. In 1984, he became the second director of the WVU Energy Research Center, today’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy. From 1990 to 1994, he served as Associate Provost for Research, resuming directorship of the NRCCE in 1994.
Under Dr. Bajura’s leadership, the
NRCCE has strived to support faculty and staff engaged in energy and
environmental research and service programs by building partnerships with other
universities and research organizations. Dr. Bajura collaborated with then-WVU
president Niel Bucklew and U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd to secure the NRCCE
building on the Evansdale Campus and a suite of high end instrumentation that
was distributed to laboratories across campus.
He has been instrumental in
setting the energy research agenda at the national level through his membership
with the Carbon Utilization Research Council and the National Coal Council,
among other organizations. He helped launch various research consortia such as
the National Mine Land Reclamation Center and the Consortium for Fossil Fuel
Dr. Bajura has also been a major contributor to several successful major proposals such as the ones for research support to the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory and the formation of the Advanced Coal Technology Consortium of the U.S. DOE’s U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center which have created research opportunities for faculty and students across WVU.
RSVPs are appreciated. For
information, contact Tracy Novak, 304.293.6928, or Trina Wafle, 304.293.6038.
Contact: Tracy Novak, 304.293.6928; Tracy.Novak@mail.wvu.edu