D. EDWARD BROWN, Senior Vice President of Technical Services And Chief Engineer
D. Edward Brown joined Blackhawk at its inception and has served in various roles, including Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Technical Services. Presently, in addition to managing the Blackhawk’s technical services department, he is responsible for overseeing environmental and regulatory compliance, as well as all aspects of the permitting process and the company’s bonding programs. Mr. Brown is a third-generation coal miner from eastern Kentucky who has over four decades of experience in the industry. His career in the mining industry began at Whitt Mining & Engineering, Inc., where he worked as a surveyor, permitting engineer and supervisor from 1975 to 1982. After obtaining his professional engineer’s license in 1982 and professional land surveyor’s license in 1983, Mr. Brown went on to found two engineering consulting firms—East KY Teal Engineering, Inc., in 1982, and D. Edward Brown Engineering, Inc. in 1985. After twenty successful years of service to the coal industry, Brown Engineering was sold in 2006. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Brown served as the Chief Engineer of Raven Crest Mining and Eagle Creek Mining. Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the Kentucky Coal Association and the West Virginia Coal Association.