Dr. Kohler is the Associate Director for Mining at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC NIOSH), the federal agency responsible for conducting mine safety and health research. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Kohler served as the CDC NIOSH Director of the Pittsburgh Research Laboratory (PRL), which is internationally renowned for its work in all areas of mining safety and health, including the programmatic areas of training, and emergency response and rescue. Dr. Kohler holds a B.S. in Engineering-Science, and M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mining Engineering, all from the Pennsylvania State University.
Prior to coming to the CDC NIOSH in 1998, Dr. Kohler was an Associate Professor of Mining Engineering and Director of the Mine Electrical Laboratory at Penn State. While on the faculty he taught courses and conducted research in several areas including electrical systems, materials handling, ventilation, quarry engineering, and mining methods. Prior to joining Penn State in 1981, Dr. Kohler worked for KETRON, as Manager of the Mine Systems Department. Up until the time of his appointment with NIOSH, he provided consulting services to the coal and stone mining industries. He has written numerous publications, and continues to conduct research and publish in the areas of mining safety and health.
Jeffery Kohler is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (ISMSP), and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME). Dr. Kohler serves on the board of directors of the National Mine Rescue Association (NMRA), the Global Mining Research Alliance (GMRA), the International Directors of Safety (DS), and the Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America (PCMIA).