Sekhar Bhattacharyya

Sekhar Bhattacharyya

Phone: 
814-863-7606
Office Address: 
126A Holser Building
Title(s): 
Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
Unit: 
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
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Expertise: 
  • Characterization and health effect of respirable dust in underground mining
  • Mitigation of noise from auxiliary ventilation in underground mines
  • Health and Safety Management System
  • Self-escape from underground mines
Education: 
  • Ph D, The University of Utah, College of Mines and Earth Sciences, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2009. Major: Mining Engineering
  • MS, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, MT, USA, 2002. Major: Mining Engineering
  • MBA, The University of Calcutta, IISWBM - Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta (Kolkata), West Bengal, India, 1999. Major: Financial Managemen
  • BE, The University of Calcutta, Bengal Engineering College (presently known as IIEST - Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology)), Howrah, West Bengal, India, 1994. Major: Mining Engineering
Courses Taught: 
  • MNG 412, Mineral Prop Eval
  • MNG 451, Mng Eng Proj,(Senior Design)
  • MNG 497, Special Topics (valuation of mining projects)
  • MNG 597, Special Topics, (merger, acquisition, valuation)

About:

Dr. Sekhar Bhattacharyya currently serves as Centennial Career Development Professor of Mining Engineering in the Energy and Mineral Engineering department at Penn State. His research interest is in mine health and safety, and mine ventilation. He earned an M.S. in mining engineering from Montana Tech and a Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Utah. He holds an MBA in financial management, and Mine Foreman’s certifications in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Utah and a Registered Member of SME (ROPO). Before joining the faculty team at Penn State, Bhattacharyya taught as Associate Professor of Mineral Engineering at New Mexico Tech, and as visiting faculty at the University of Utah. In industry, he served as Senior Mining Engineer at Norwest Corporation (now Stantec) in Salt Lake City, UT; as Mine Engineer and production foreman at Consol Energy in Pennsylvania; Manager of Projects in Joy Mining Global (now Komatsu); and Deputy Manager of Coal Mining Projects in CESC Ltd. He has more than 23 years of experience in mining, engineering, and management. Bhattacharyya completed a NISOH-sponsored research work in 2017 as co-PI in Mitigation of Noise from auxiliary ventilation in underground mines. He is currently pursuing research in characterization of respirable dust in underground mines. Bhattacharyya has authored and co-authored twelve technical papers and two per-reviewed journal articles. He has presented numerous technical presentations at national and international level.

Research Projects: 
  • “Reduction of Noise Exposure in Underground Mines by Improving Auxiliary Ventilation Technologies.” Investigators: Felipe Calizaya and Sekhar Bhattacharyya. Sponsored by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). 2015-2017.
  • “Characterization of Respirable Dust for Identification of Health Issues Associated with Elongate Mineral Particles” Investigators: Sekhar Bhattacharyya. Funded by Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.
Publications: 
  • Bhattacharyya, S., and F. Calizaya, Performance of a New Fan Silencer Prototype, Revised draft under peer review for publication in “Mining Metallurgy & Exploration,” Springer publishing, 2019. (in progress)
  • Calizaya, F., and S. Bhattacharyya, Auxiliary Ventilation Layouts for Noise Control in Underground Coal Mines, Accepted for SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration) Annual Meeting, 2019, Denver, CO.
  • Gendrue, N., Liu, S., Fan, L., & Bhattacharyya, S., Gas Migration Behavior Near the Longwall Face: Experimental and Numerical Simulation Using PSU Scaled Mine Model, Accepted for SME Annual Conference, SME, 2019, Denver, CO.
  • Calizaya, F., and S. Bhattacharyya, Re-packable Silencers to Reduce Noise Levels Generated by Mine Fans, NOISE-CON, 2018, Chicago, IL.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., and F. Calizaya, Testing the Performance of a New Fan Silencer Prototype for Auxiliary Ventilation, SME Annual Meeting, 2018, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Calizaya, F., and S. Bhattacharyya, Improved Silencer Design Specifications for Representative Mine Conditions, NOISE-CON, 2017, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Calizaya, F., and S. Bhattacharyya, Attenuation of Noise from Auxiliary Ventilation in Underground Mines, Mine Ventilation Symposium, 2017, Denver, CO.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., and F. Calizaya, Noise Attenuation of Auxiliary Fans and Reduction of Noise Exposure in Underground Mines, NOISE-CON, 2016, Providence, RI.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., and M. G. Nelson, Ground Control Tools in Underground Coal Mines – Conveniences and Precautions - ARMPS, SME Annual Meeting, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., and F. Calizaya, Reduction of Noise Exposure in Underground Mines by Improving Auxiliary Ventilation Technologies, SME Annual Meeting, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., and M. G. Nelson, Ground Control Tools in Underground Coal Mines – Conveniences and Precautions, Preprints, SME Annual Meeting, 2015, Denver, CO.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., A. C. Tripp, and R. L. McNearny, Soil Moisture Effects on Temporal Subsidence Estimates Using InSAR, International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environ, 21(2): p 88-95, Jun 2007.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., and M. G. Nelson, Ground Control in a Western U.S. Coal Mine: Analysis using LAMODEL, Got Mining - Preprints, SME Annual Conference, p 267-272, 2005, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., Safety and Health in Mines: Noise and Dust, Guest Lecture, Tata Steel Noamundi Iron Mine, 2018, Jharkhand, India.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., Mining Engineering: Current Research and Opportunities, Guest Lecture, Indian Institute of Technology, 2018, Kharagpur, India.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., Mining Engineering, Guest Lecture, Weber State University, Utah, Ogden, Utah, 2016.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., Coal Bed Methane and Methane Drainage – Potentials in India, Journal of Mines Metals and Fuels, 2018, Kolkata, India.
  • Bhattacharyya, S., Role of Foremen in Underground Mining, Guest Lecture, The University of Utah, 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Bhattacharyya, S, Longwall Development, Guest Lecture, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, 2011, Kolkata, India.
Awards: 
  • Matthew J. Wilson Travel Grant, Penn State College of EMS.
  • Wilson Research Initiation Award - alternative award, Penn State College of EMS.
  • Centennial Career Development Endowment, Penn State College of EMS and EME Department. (September 1, 2017 - Present).