Our Staff

President of Alpha Engineering is:

Gary M. Hartsog, PE PS(SU), graduated from West Virginia University in 1976 and 1979 with BS degrees in Education and Mining Engineering, followed in 1985 with Master of Science degree in Mining Engineering and in 2005 with Master of Business Administration. Gary worked at the mine and divisional levels with Eastern Associated Coal Corporation and Peabody Coal Company for 15 years before resigning to start Alpha Engineering Services, Inc., in 1991. Gary is a Registered Professional Engineer in 12 states, a Registered Professional Surveyor with Underground Surveying endorsement in WV and holds a current WV Mine Foreman/Fireboss Certification among other certifications. He is in Responsible Charge of Alpha Engineering. While Gary is well known as a practitioner in mine ventilation, fan and other ventilation related work and of underground surveying and mapping, he also practices in all areas of mining engineering including mine design, water handling, haulage, etc.

Underground Mining Group is led by:

L. David Prelaz, PE, graduated from Virginia Tech in 1984 with a BS degree in Mining Engineering. After graduation, David spent 14 years working at the mine level in various capacities including Mining Engineer, Section Foreman, Manager of Mines and Manager of Engineering. During that time he acquired certification as an Assistant Mine Foreman and became registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of West Virginia. In 1998, David joined Alpha Engineering where he has worked as a Senior Mining Engineer with primary focus in the areas of underground mine planning, ventilation and production improvement.

The Surface Mining, Civil and Environmental Group is led by:

J. D. Higginbotham, PE PS, graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a BS degree in Civil Engineering and from Marshall University with a Master of Science in Engineering Management. J. D. is a Registered Engineer in WV and VA and a Registered Professional Surveyor in West Virginia. J. D. has held Engineering and Management positions in private industry and government services. Since joining Alpha in 2006, J. D. has focused on environmental permitting, surface construction, land and tax issues and applying GIS technology to mining properties.

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We have skilled technical and administration personnel ready to provide our clients with practical and innovative solutions to your engineering needs.