Westmoreland Coal Co. announced that Gary Kohn has been appointed vice president, investor relations, and will serve as a member of the leadership team. Before joining Westmoreland, Kohn served in leadership roles in investor relations, treasury, and finance at companies including First Data, Western Union, Ciber and Intrepid Potash.

Jacob Carr, lead general engineer for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Pittsburgh Mining Research Division, is one of 105 individuals selected for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor given by the U.S. government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Selected from among a dozen federal agencies and departments, recipients are chosen for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Carr will receive his award at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in the spring. Carr has been involved in project research related to proximity detection for continuous mining machines and intelligent lockout/tagout for stationary machinery. The proximity detection system developed through Carr’s research provides enhanced protection against these hazards by continuously tracking the positions of miners and selectively disabling potentially dangerous machine motions. These new safety technologies that Carr has helped to develop receive high visibility in the mining safety community and hold promise to significantly enhance mine worker safety.

Stuart Sanderson will step down after nearly 22 years as president of the Colorado Mining Association. Sanderson, an attorney, joined the CMA in October 1994, after it had suffered a slump following a dues increase. Under his watch, the CMA has doubled its core corporate membership to 175 and increased revenues ten-fold. With service providers and other affiliates, the association’s membership numbers more than 900.

Tony Troutman joined FLSmidth as the vice president of process technology in the company’s minerals division.

Alan Berger has been appointed senior vice president, technology at Volvo Construction Equipment.

Scott Phillips joined GE as vice president of mining for GE Transportation. Before joining GE, Phillips served as president of Sandvik Mining.

Continental Commercial Specialty Tires has appointed T. Shawn Rasey as new global business development manager earthmover.

ECSI named Doug Mynear COO. Fred Eastridge has been named vice president, civil engineering.

Andrew Lindsay “Drew” Lewis Jr., 84, died February 10. He served as Union Pacific Railroad chairman and CEO from April 1986 to April 1987. Lewis then served as Union Pacific Corp. president and CEO from 1987 to 1997. Lewis played a central role in the Union Pacific leadership team that completed key mergers, including the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad in 1988, the Chicago & North Western Railroad in 1995, and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1996.