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September 19th Celebration for Richard A. Bajura

NRCCE Director Richard Bajura

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 Science.

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.



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