Richard Boakye Yiadom

Richard Boakye Yiadom, EIT from Ghana, West Africa, is currently a MS in petroleum engineering candidate at the University of Utah. He received his BS in mining engineering from the University of Utah and was a recipient of the prestigious McIntosh Engineering Scholarship by the SME Foundation.

Before joining the program, he worked as a mine engineer for Peabody Energy at their Twentymile Mine in Colorado and Rawhide Mine in Wyoming.

At Peabody Energy, Yiadom put together and supervised several high capital projects and carried out mine planning projects. Among his achievements, he generated a water model for the mine and recommended a booster pump location. Yiadom has also prepared fault mapping and crossing plans, worked as a coal preparation plant engineer, and supervised three different underground horizontal drilling projects. It is worth noting that he completed all these projects ahead of schedule, within budget, and most importantly, without a safety mishap.

Coming from a coal mining background, Yiadom’s interests lie in the energy industry. His goals of ensuring energy availability to all and striving for a record safety achievement in the energy industry are what keep him motivated.

He is currently conducting research on source rock geochemistry and engineering analysis to define “sweetspots” in the Utica-Point Pleasant play.

Yiadom intends to become an upstream engineer (reservoir or production), and has profound interests in modeling, planning, feasibility study, business and safety models, and general engineering related projects.

He is also a certified Underground Mine Foreman by the state of Colorado and is a member of the SME, SPE, AAPG and RMCMI.

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