Dr. Raja V. Ramani  
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: “Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development”
Field of Study: Engineering
Home Institution in the U.S.: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Host Institution in India: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal  
Start Date/Month in India: October 2014
Duration of Grant: Four months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Raja Ramani, PhD, PE, is emeritus George H. Jr. and Anne B. Deike Chair in mining engineering and emeritus professor of mining and geoenvironmental engineering at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ramani is a graduate of the Indian School of Mines and has six years of engineering and managerial experience in underground coalmines in India. At Penn State, he was chair of the mineral engineering management program (1974–2001), head of the Department of Mineral Engineering (1987–1998), director of the miner training program (1992–2001), and co-director of the Generic Mineral Technology Center on Respirable Dust (1983–1998) and the Standard Oil Center of Excellence (1983–1988). He was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005.

Dr. Ramani has taught undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses in mining and management and has done extensive research in ventilation, respirable dust, mining methods, mine systems engineering, resource assessment, investment evaluation, cost control, human resource development, environmental engineering, and mineral management.

Dr. Ramani has served as consultant to national and international agencies including the United Nations, World Bank, and National Safety Council and to mining companies worldwide. He has received many honors and awards, including an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Indian School of Mines, the Thornton Medal from the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Prof. S.K. Bose Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Mining, Geological, and Metallurgical Institute of India.

Dr. Ramani’s Fulbright project is based on the belief that a symbiotic relationship exists between (1) growing human aspirations for enhancing quality of life, (2) increasing demands for energy, minerals, and materials, (3) advances in science, engineering, and technology for meeting these aspirations and demands, and (4) manifestations of such global problems as climate change and waste disposal. He seeks to advance the understanding of this relationship through education in energy, environment, resource conservation, mining, and sustainable development to help create solutions to societal problems.

Ramani Raja