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MSHA Assistant Secretary, WVU alum delivers Poundstone Lecture

Zatezalo at Poundstone Lecture with audience.

Photos by Wright

David Zatezalo

David Zatezalo

David G. Zatezalo, assistant secretary of Mine Safety and Health, presented the Department of Mining Engineering’s annual William N. Poundstone Lecture in September.A native of West Virginia and a 1977 graduate of mining engineering, Zatezalo has spent a lifetime working in mining. He began his career as a union miner and since then has held positions at a number of companies as shift foreman, engineering superintendent, mine manager, vice president of operations and chief executive officer. Zatezalo has worked in mining all across the U.S. and internationally in Australia.President Donald J. Trump nominated Zatezalo to be the ninth assistant secretary for Mine Safety and Health; he was sworn in November 2017.