SEC academic fellow announced

February 14, 2015

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei has been named to the position of SEC academic fellow. He will assist the agenct staff in its review of mining company disclosure requirements. 

In 2012, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) filed a petition for rulemaking changes to Industry Guide 7 with the SEC but was told that the SEC lacked the manpower to begin work on changes. The SEC turned to SME to help locate an academic fellow to take a one year sabbatical to work in the SEC's office in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, the SEC announced the appointment of Dr. Awuah-Offei Dr. Awuah-Offei is associate professor of mining engineering at Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate mining engineering courses including geostatistics, surface mine design, environmental aspects of mining, simulation of mining systems and optimization applications in mining.  He earned his Ph.D. in mining engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and his BS in mining engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.  He has received many awards and commendations for outstanding teaching over several years. 

Dr. Awuah-Offei will work in the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, which is reviewing whether the agency should update and modernize mining company disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K and requirements contained in Industry Guide 7.  His research, which primarily focuses on applications of numerical techniques in mining including geostatistics, has been presented in multiple publications.  He has successfully mentored graduate students and new faculty in performing substantial research that has been presented in more than 45 publications.  In addition to his academic qualifications, Awuah-Offei has significant mining industry experience working as a mine engineer and consultant.  He is a registered professional engineer and a member of SME.

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