Ulrich PaschedagDr. Ulrich “Uli” Paschedag recently announced his plans to retire. An expert in longwall mining machinery, he has been serving as a professor at the University of Applied Sciences Georg Agricola (THGA) in Bochum, Germany. During his tenure, he used his extensive contacts to expand the university’s Research Center of Post-Mining. Prior to his academic role, he was a successful executive that advanced coal mining techniques with a particular emphasis on longwall mining and mechanical cutting. In 1996, he was the chief engineer for Deutsche Bergbau Technik (DBT) and promoted to vice president of the product group (2007) when it was acquired by Bucyrus, which was acquired by Caterpillar. He left Caterpillar as a global product manager for underground coal to join THGA in 2015. He was the international marketing manager for Mine Technik America Inc. (MTA), before it became DBT, where he helped develop the controlled soft start technology (CST), a drive technology used extensively for longwall mining today.