Prof Samuel Frimpong, a UMaT alumnus and a mining engineering professor based in the United States of America (USA) has been awarded the 2018 Daniel C. Jackling Award by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) for his significant contributions to mining. The award was presented to him during the SME annual conference held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Prof Frimpong was awarded for his long-term contributions to mining engineering education, research, and professional development and for his international recognition as an outstanding scholar in mining engineering.
The Daniel C. Jackling Award, established in 1953, and funded by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), is presented to persons who significantly make contributions to technical progress in mining, geology and geophysics.
Dr Samuel Frimpong is Professor and Robert Quenon Endowed Chair of Mining and Nuclear Engineering and Director of the Heavy Mining Machinery Laboratory at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA.
He is also a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) board on natural resources and Center for Disease Control of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC-NIOSH) research advisory board.
He holds a PhD (1992) from University of Alberta, MSc (1988) from University of Zambia, and Postgraduate Diploma (1986) and BSc (1985) from the School of Mines of the Kwame University of Science and Technology (Now University of Mines and Technology, UMaT, Tarkwa). He had his secondary education at Opoku Ware Senior High School in Ghana.
Prof Frimpong has over 25 years of experience in research, education, consulting, and industry practice. He previously worked as Professor, Associate and Assistant Professor in the University of Alberta.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Canada, and a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Society for Modeling and Simulation International.
Prof Frimpong’s research has resulted in 1 patent, 3 books, 4 book chapters, 95 refereed journal publications and 145 refereed conference publications, among others. He has also delivered 23 keynote addresses and invited to make presentations at international conferences. He has successfully supervised 15 PhD and 18 master’s researches. He has also supervised 6 post-doctoral research fellows and 2 research associates.
Currently, Prof Frimpong has several PhD students working on pertinent research areas in mining engineering including machine-formation interactions, mining truck vision, application of artificial intelligence to mining truck haulage, dragline dynamics, and others.
Prof Frimpong has also been recognised with Missouri S&T Chancellor’s Leadership Award, Robert H. Quenon Endowed Chair, Canadian Petroleum Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, Award of Distinction by World Mining Congress, University of Alberta/CIDA PhD Scholar, Grand Award by Northwest Mining Association, a UNESCO Research Fellowship and a Life Patron of the University of Mines and Technology Alumni Association (ALUMaT).
As part of the award process, Prof Frimpong delivered the Jackling Lecture on “CYBERMINE FOR ZERO FATALITY IN SURFACE MINING”. This is one of his research areas which seeks to develop fully autonomous surface mining systems made of machines, robots and central information system capable of undertaking all the surface mining operations with very minimal human involvement.
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