The Rock Mechanics Award

This award shall be given for distinguished contributions to the advancement of the field of rock mechanics and is open to all regardless of age, nationality, SME membership, or professional field. The Award shall consist of a suitable plaque containing a citation of the service or achievement upon which the award is based.

Selection of Recipients: Recipients of the award shall be selected by the Award Committee, subject to the approval of the Coal & Energy Division Executive Committee, the M&E Division Executive Committee, and the SME Executive Committee. The Committee shall submit its report through the Coal & Energy Division Chair and the M&E Division Chair to the SME Executive Director not later than August 1 of each year.

Not more than one award shall be made each year. An achievement in rock mechanics by a team of two or more may be recognized in manner designated by the Award Committee. If in any year the Committee of award shall not find a nominee whose contribution merits the award, or if the available funds are not sufficient to merit the costs of an award, it may recommend that no award be made.

   

2014 - Dr. Hamid N. Maleki

For innovative practical rock mechanics research leading to advancement of the science and the application to practical mine design problems.

2012 - Mark Board
2011 - Madan Singh
2009 - Edwin T. (Ted) Brown
2008 - Yoginder P. Chugh
2007 - John G. Abel, Jr.
2006 - Peter Stacey
2005 - Francis S. Kendorski
2004 - Frank L. Gaddy
2003 - Christopher Mark
2002 - Peter A. Cundall
2001 - Louis A. Panek
2000 - Christopher Haycocks
1997 - John J. Reed
1996 - Bezalel C. Haimson
1995 - Brian T. Brady
1994 - Michael Karmis
1993 - David A. Summers
1992 - J. F. T. Agapito
1991 - Steven L. Crouch
1990 - William G. Pariseau
1989 - Don U. Deere
1988 - Arthur H. Wilson
1987 - Syd S. Peng
1986 - Fred D. Wright
1985 - H. Douglas Dahl
1984 - Z. T. Bieniawski
1983 - M. D. G. Salamon
1982 - James J. Scott
1981 - Jack Parker
1980 - Charles T. Holland
1979 - Thomas A. Lang
1978 - Donald F. Coates
1977 - Walter Wittke
1976 - Richard E. Goodman
1975 - Evert Hoek
1974 - Manuel Rocha
1973 - William F. Brace
1972 - Charles Fairhurst
1971 - Leopold Muller
1970 - John W. Handin
1969 - Neville G. W. Cook
1969 - John C. Jeager
1968 - Wilbur I. Duvall
1968 - Leonard Obert