Dr.Pradeep Kumar Singh has assumed the Office of Director, CSIR-Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CSIR-CIMFR), Dhanbad with effect from 8th December 2015.
Born on 01.01.1963, studied from Pre-University to Post Graduate levels at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India and did his Doctor of Engineering Degree from the Technical University, Clausthal, Germany. Dr. Singh also worked at Lossande Institute of Geosciences, University of Toronto, Canada as Post Doctoral Fellow.He joined this Institute in 1990 as Scientist ‘B’ and by his hard work and dedication, rose to the present coveted post of Director.
Dr. Singh has made notable contributions in Explosives Science and Blasting Technologies to solve practical problems in the mining industry encompassing the fields of optimal use of explosives energy in rock fragmentation, explosives energy partitioning, blast vibrations, wall-control, fragmentation control, blast design in mines and tunnels, pre-split blast design, cast blast designs in coal mining operations besides correlating structural damage due to blast vibrations.
He has authored a blast damage index for underground openings in close vicinity of open-cast blasting operations for Indian coal mines and the Mine Regulatory Authority in India (DGMS) issued a mandatory guideline (circular No. 06; dated 28.05.2007) "Damage of below ground structures due to blast induced vibration in nearby opencast mines" based on his studies for implementation at the mines. Dr. Singh has authored additional 4 guidelines which have been internationally accepted.
Dr. Singh has authored 274 technical reports sponsored by different organizations and 9 S&T reports funded by Ministry of Coal, Government of India. There are 114 published papers in referred National and International Journals/Symposia to his credit. He is also the author of 3 books.
Dr. Singh is recipient of prestigious National Mineral Award, Raman Research Award, Fellow of German Academy, etc. etc.
Dr. Singh is Chairman of International Committee on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting, Headquarters in Spain; Representing India in the International Committee on World Forum of University on Resources and Sustainability, Headquarters in Germany He was deputed for scientific pursuits to Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and USA.