The Chair in Mine Safety was established in 2009, with CONSOL Energy and Barrick Gold North America as key contributors.  Since then, donations have been received from Rio Tinto Kennecott, Rocky Mountain Power, Arch Coal, Intermountain Electronics, John T. Boyd & Co., and many alumni of the Mining Engineering Department.

“We’re really grateful for CONSOL’s leadership in establishing and supporting the Safety Chair,” said Professor Mike Nelson, who heads the Mining Engineering department. “We’ll soon be able to hire a faculty member whose primary focus is mine safety. This new faculty member will take the lead in establishing a center for promotion and establishment of progressive and effective safety and health systems in the mining industry. Our department plans to become a nationwide leader in mine safety education, outreach, research, advocacy, and development.”

CONSOL operates 18 coal mining complexes in six states, including the Emery mine near Emery, Utah.