Jessica Kogel

For outstanding scientific contributions to industrial mineral resource development and environmental stewardship; for outstanding service and leadership to SME, and for re-directing the NIOSH Mining Division to improve mineworker health and safety.

AIME Honorary Membership in 2020

Dr. Jessica Elzea Kogel is the Associate Director for Mining and the Director of the Office of Mine Safety and Health Research at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). At NIOSH she leads the institute's mining research program which focuses on improving mine worker health and safety through the development and implementation of innovative engineering controls, novel monitoring approaches, and improved work practices. Before joining NIOSH, Dr. Kogel spent 25-years working in the mining industry where she held positions in research and development and mining operations management for two global producers of industrial minerals. Dr. Kogel is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Distinguished Member of SME, past President of SME, and past President of the Clay Minerals Society. She is a recipient of the Hal Williams Hardinge Award and the Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal.