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Richard Bajura

Acting Director, US-China Energy Center; Director Emeritus, National Research Center for Coal and Energy

Acting Director, US-China Energy Center; Director Emeritus, National Research Center for Coal and Energy

For over 50 years, Dr. Richard Bajura served in multiple roles at West Virginia University, including teaching and conducting his personal research, and in facilitating, leading, and managing energy and environment programs in research and technical outreach at WVU and with external organizations in his role as Director of WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy.

Bajura retired as the NRCCE director in 2017 and currently holds the titles of director-emeritus and acting director of the WVU’s US-China Energy Center.   His assignments in WVU’s Energy Institute include technology development and outreach in fossil energy applications and in building collaborative research and academic program initiatives with counterparts in Chinese universities and industrial organizations.

In his earlier career as an active faculty member, Bajura’s research interests included fluid dynamics and energy. His professional service included leadership as vice president for the Basic Engineering Technical Group of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, representing one-sixth of the ASME membership and over 40 percent of the Society’s technical programs. He remains active on the ASME Energy Committee, the National Coal Council, the Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC), the Pittsburgh Coal Conference Advisory Board, and the Washington Coal Club Board of Directors. He participates as the group leader for the fuels and crosscutting research programs of the CURC Technical Committee developing technology road maps for national coal R&D programs and as an executive committee member for the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). Bajura also frequently contributed written and verbal testimony to the U.S. Congress on fossil energy, mining, and water initiatives in support of programs important to West Virginia and national interests. 

Dr. Bajura earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame.