Chair: Dr. Rick Honaker
The Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Kentucky is one of only 12 ABET-accredited mining engineering programs in the nation and have the distinction of being among the oldest programs and one of the newest all at the same time. The program was initially founded as the School of Civil and Mining Engineering in 1866. However, after a period of reorganization in which mining engineering became a transition program within the Department of Civil Engineering, the current Department of Mining Engineering was reestablished in 1982. Since that time we have grown to be one of the top U.S. mining engineering programs in terms of both size and quality.