October 13, 2004

Chugh earns prestigious appointment

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. - - Y. Paul Chugh, professor of mining and mineral resources engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will serve on the National Academy of Engineering's Committee on Mine Placement of Coal Combustion By-Products. The group will hold its first meeting Oct. 27-28 in Washington, D.C.

The engineering academy, a 40-year-old private, nonprofit group based in Washington, advises the federal government on topics relating to engineering, technology and the quality of life. Its committees study engineering and technological questions with significant economic and social implications.

Membership in the academy requires election by current members and is based on professional and leadership accomplishments in the field. More than 2,000 engineers from businesses, universities and government belong to the organization.

Since coming to SIUC in 1977, Chugh has concentrated on research aimed at making the state's coal cleaner and cheaper. Several of his projects have focused on finding new uses for waste materials such as fly ash. He previously worked as a research engineer for IIT Research Institute and as a project engineer for AMAX Coal.

Chugh earned his master's degree in 1968 and his doctorate in 1970, both from Pennsylvania State University.