The John E. Willson Distinguished Alumnus Award was established in 2000 to recognize graduates of the University of Utah's Mining Engineering Program who have set high standards by their professional accomplishments and service to the mining industry. The 2018 John E. Willson Distinguished Alumnus is Dr. Michael K. McCarter. Kim graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1972 both in Mining Engineering.
The Howard W. Eavenson Award is presented to Michael G. Nelson "for his contributions to coal mining and processing, in mining machine automation, mine ventilation, ground control, and mine health and safety.