2021 Alabama Mineral Institute Agenda

Time Event Speaker
7:30am- 8:00am Registration/Full Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am. Welcome  
8:15am – 9:15am Demolition of Mining and Energy Facilities with Conventional and Explosive Means Fred M. Nicol 

PE, TRIAD Demolition and Dismantling

9:15am -10:00am. Passive Treatment of Mining Influenced Water 101: An Overview of the Technologies Jim Gasek

Senior Project Manager and Professional Engineer

10:00am -10:15am BREAK
10:15am11:00am Plans for a New USGS Hydrologic Instrumental Facility at the University of Alabama Nate Booth

Senior Advisor, USGS Water Mission Area

11:00am -11:45am The Alabama Transportation Institute: Research in Automated, Connected, Electric, Shared and Safe Mobility  Allen Parish

Executive Director, Alabama Transportation Institute

Professor of Computer Science

11:45am -12:45pm Lunch 
12:45pm -1:00pm Afternoon Introductions
1:00pm – 2:00pm GHG Strategy and Technologies including Carbon Capture and Geologic Storage, DAC, Green and Blue Hydrogen  Dr. Richard Esposito

Net Zero Emissions

Southern Company Research & Development

2:00pm – 3:00pm Under the Hood of the Digital World  

Dr. Jeff Gray

Director, Randall Research Scholars Program

Department of Computer Science, University of Alabama


3:00pm – 3:15pm BREAK 
3:15pm – 4:00pm Why Use Forest Reclamation?  Kathy Love

Executive Director, Alabama Surface Mining Commission

4:00pm- 5:00pm Extraterrestrial Robotic Mining Dr. Ken Ricks

Associate Professor/Associate Department Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Time Event Speaker
7:30am- 8:00am FULL BREAKFAST
 8:00am- 8:15am WELCOME  


8:15am -9:15am Recent and Ongoing Critical Minerals- Related Mapping and Sampling Activities by the Geological Survey of Alabama Dane VanDervoort

Geologist II, Geologic Investigations Program

Geological Survey of Alabama

9:15-10:15am Cost Effective Solutions to OSHA and EPA Challenges Matt Hollub

Associate Director for Occupational Safety and Health

UA Safestate

10:15-10:30am Break
10:30-11:30am Wind and Solar New Technology and Sustainability  David Carpenter

PhD, CEO of Integrity Institute of Technology, and Integrity Company, LLC

11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:45-1:30pm State GIS Programs and Geospatial Opportunities That are Making a Difference Phillip Henderson

Alabama GIS Coordinator

1:30-2:00pm High Definition Stream Surveys: Supporting Mining Operations by Properly Documenting Baseline Conditions and Improving Mitigation Efforts Brett Connell



2:00-4:30pm Stormwater Center Tour The University of Alabama