Long-time Hazleton area resident Michael C. “Mike” Korb will receive a Distinguished Member Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration next year.
The society presents the award to a select few members who have distinguished themselves through notable contributions to the technology and professional activities of the society and the industry.
Selected through an extensive nomination procedure, Korb is scheduled to receive his award during the society’s annual dinner on Feb. 28, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Although he retired from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation in Wilkes-Barre, he still works part time with Tetra Tech.
Now he spends much of his time on anthracite mine heritage projects and with environmental nonprofit groups.
In 1968 when he graduated as a mining engineer from the University of Missouri-Rolla, Korb promised his wife, Pat, a lifetime of adventure.
Since then, they have moved 15 times in 52 years. They lived the longest on Diamond Avenue in Hazleton.
During his career, Korb worked in underground mines, surface mines and processing plants. He has filled administrative, supervisory, managerial and executive roles. He also worked in sales and consulting.
His list of jobs in bituminous coal, iron ore, copper, limestone, sand, slag and anthracite — the hard coal of Eastern Pennsylvania that he worked with…