National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Director Dr. John Howard recently appointed Dr. Jessica Kogel as Associate Director for Mine Safety and Health. The appointment was effective February 8. Dr. Kogel becomes the fourth NIOSH Associate Director for Mine Safety and Health following Drs. Larry Grayson, Lewis Wade and Jeffery Kohler. In that capacity, Dr. Kogel is responsible for the mine safety and health research program at NIOSH.
Since 2004, Dr. Kogel has worked for IMA-NA member company Imerys S.A., a French multinational company, founded in 1880, which specializes in the production and processing of industrial minerals. Since 2011, Dr. Kogel was the Senior Manager for Mining and Geology at Imerys. Dr. Kogel has been actively involved in professional organizations, serving as President of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) in 2013 and President of the Clay Minerals Society (CMS) in 2003. She continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the SME Foundation. She is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
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