Mines News

Release Date Friday, June 16, 2023

South Dakota Mines Hosts North American Mine Ventilation Symposium

Dr. Purushotham Tukkaraja (left) stands with Mines civil and environmental Ph.D. graduate student Cody Allen along with Dr. Srivatsan Jayaraman Sridharan, a research scientist in the mining engineering department, next to a mine ventilation fan on display as part of the19th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium on campus.

South Dakota Mines will host the 19th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium in collaboration with the Underground Ventilation Committee (UVC) of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) from June 17-22, 2023.

Proper airflow and ventilation are critical for safety and operational activities inside a mine. The symposium promotes the exchange of ideas and research in a wide range of ventilation topics, including auxiliary and primary systems, mine fans, case studies, computational fluid dynamics applications, diesel particulate control, electric machinery, mine cooling and refrigeration, mine dust monitoring and control, mine fires and explosion prevention, mine gases, mine heat, mine ventilation and automation, occupational health and safety, renewable/alternative energy, monitoring and measurement, network analysis and optimization and planning and design.

“The North American Mine Ventilation Symposium, held every two to three years since 1982, provides a forum for ventilation experts, practitioners, educators, students, researchers, regulators, manufacturers and suppliers from around the world to exchange knowledge, ideas and opinions in the ventilation of mines, tunnels and other underground facilities such as the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills,” says  Purushotham Tukkaraja, Ph.D., the NAMVS 2023 symposium chair and an associate professor in the Department of Mining Engineering and Management at South Dakota Mines.

The NAMVS 2023 is a peer-reviewed symposium with parallel workshop sessions (two days), three full-day parallel technical sessions, including keynote sessions, panel discussions and exhibit booths, followed by mine tours. The symposium features an exhibit hall in the Fraser Gym at Mines with 20 booths. Exhibitors showcase their cutting-edge technology with live demonstrations. Technical sessions will be held in the Classroom Building rooms 204 E & W. The conference hosts almost 200 participants from around the world with representation from the United States, Canada, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Germany, Australia, Chile, Spain and more.

“I am grateful to all members of the symposium organizing committee for their help with peer-reviewing papers and chairing technical sessions, and a special thanks to our sponsors and exhibitors for their support and for helping make the symposium possible. Thanks to the campus Facilities, Risk and Services, Center for Alumni Relations and Advancement (CARA), the Office of Scheduling and Event Operations, Sodexo Dining Services and the Office of Marketing and Communications at South Dakota Mines for their help and support in organizing this international symposium on campus,” says Tukkaraja.



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Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu