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Qingqing Huang

Associate Professor and Robert E. Murray Chair - Department of Mining Engineering

Qingqing Huang joined the WVU faculty in August of 2017 as an assistant professor of mining engineering. Huang’s research area lies in mineral processing, coal preparation, extractive metallurgy for metal recovery from primary and secondary sources. Huang has been leading and collaborating on multiple research projects to recover rare earth elements (REEs) and critical minerals (CMs) from various resources, including coarse coal refuse, acid mine drainage, and its treatment byproducts, non-coal lithologies, and phosphate processing waste clay. Huang and her research team have built expertise in critical mineral extraction from different feedstock streams varying from sample characterization, extraction process development and optimization, environmental control, engineering design, and TEA analysis.

Huang was selected and named a 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 distinguished Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Henry Krumb Lecturer. In addition, she is the recipient of the 2017 SME Rong Yu Wan Ph.D. Dissertation Award based on her doctoral dissertation research and the 2018 SME Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) Outstanding Young Engineer Award for her significant contribution to the mineral processing field. Huang is also a recipient of the 2020 Statler Outstanding Researcher/Junior, 2022 Statler College Leadership Fellows for Engagement and a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the Mining Engineering discipline.


Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2016

B.S. in Mineral Processing Engineering, Central South University, China, 2009