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Jamal Rostami selected as UCA Outstanding Educator Award

Honor is presented to exceptional professors and teachers by the Underground Construction Association


Jamal Rostami
Jamal Rostami

Jamal Rostami, Timothy J. Haddon/Alacer Gold Chair in Mining Engineering, has been honored with the 2022 Outstanding Educator Award from the Underground Construction Association (UCA), a division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

The UCA Outstanding Educator Award is presented to professors and teachers who have had an exceptional career in academia and education in underground design and construction. Award winners are nominated by their industry peers and bestowed the award by the UCA executive committee. Rostami will be presented the award on June 20 at the North American Tunneling Conference in Philadelphia.

A Mines alum and member of the Mines faculty since 2016, Rostami has more than 27 years of experience in design management, research and teaching in the field of mining, tunneling and underground construction. Prior to teaching at Mines, he was the Centennial Chair of Carrier Development in Mining at Pennsylvania State University and on faculty at the University of Tehran. Rostami has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, 150 conference papers, more than 100 technical reports and proposals and reviews technical papers on a regular basis. He is also one of the editors-in-chief of Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology.

A founding member of Iranian American Academics and Professionals as well as Professors Without Borders, Rostami is a member of the board of directors of Child Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Tehran and a M.S. and PhD from Mines.

UCA provides technical resources, professional development and networking opportunities to engineers and related professionals in the tunneling and underground construction industries. The organization is a division of SME, which strives to build a better world through mining, metallurgy and underground construction.

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