On February 19-22, 2012, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME), held its annual convention in which Dr. Madan Singh was honored with the 2011 SME Rock Mechanics Award for his contributions to the mining industry which include contributions to several fields related to geotechnical engineering, mining, tunneling, ventilation, and sustainability.
A Brief Bio…
Dr. Madan M. Singh was Director of the Department of Mines and Mineral Resources for the State of Arizona from August 2005 through January 2011. He served under Governor Janet Napolitano (now Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) and Governor Jan Brewer. He moved to Arizona in 1998; prior to which he was in Illinois for 32 years and in Pennsylvania for 9 years. So Singh is intimately familiar with the mineral resources of the country and their interface with economic, environmental, health and safety, and other issues. He has testified before Congressional Committees and the Arizona Legislature. He served on Legislative committees to update Arizona’s mining regulations, abandoned mine shaft closure, and the creation of the Centennial Museum(now called The Arizona Experience) under the Arizona Historical Society. Madan was also a representative of a cooperating agency on two Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) – one for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the other for the U.S. Forest Service (FS). He has prepared briefs for the Governor’s policy advisor on natural resources. He was on the Governor’s cabinet on Renewable Energy Development in Arizona.
Prior to joining the Department of Mines and Mineral Resources, Singh had over 30 years of experience in operating a consulting engineering firm, which he founded and developed from a one-man operation to a company with a staff of over 50 and three offices. He managed all aspects of the company – technical, financial, marketing, and human resources; he wrote proposals and reports and made presentations. Thus he could also serve in Business Development.