The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Emily Sarver for her role in helping the mining industry address serious environmental concerns.
Sarver joined the faculty in the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering in 2011 after receiving her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in environmental engineering, and today is one of only a handful of environmental specialists working within mining engineering programs across the U.S.
She is also one of only six female tenured or tenure-track mining engineering faculty members in the U.S., with one of the other six (Dr. Kray Luxbacher) also serving on the faculty at Virginia Tech.
Sarver helped found the Virginia Tech Chapter of Women in Mining when she was an undergraduate. Founded in 1972, Women in Mining’s mission is to facilitate education about the mining industry. Its members include engineers, geologists, secretaries, lobbyists, mine workers, educators, and concerned citizens.
She currently has an active research program assessing water quality in Central Appalachian mining communities and recently received a best paper award from the SME Environmental Division for a study dealing with the characterization of dust in underground coal mines and implications for occupational health.
Her research is related to environmental impacts of mining, sustainable minerals and energy resource production, extractive metallurgy, and corrosion.
She focuses on mining and the environment, responsible mining initiatives, efficiency of mineral-processing operations, service-learning opportunities for students, and study-abroad opportunities for students.