Faculty

Research Investigators

Geological Engineering

Dr. Norbert Maerz

Director - Rock Mechanics

Professor in Geological Engineering, Sr. Research Investigator

Specialization:

Imaging technologies for the mining, blasting, and materials handling industries, Aggregate sizing and shape measurement, Rock engineering in discontinuous rock masses, Joint characterization, Rock mass classification, Rock slope stability, Road pavement analysis, and Terrestrial LIDAR

Research Interests:

Imaging applications: granular materials and rock; Imaging applications: tunnel profilometry, rock roughness measurement; Imaging applications, material characterization, industrial inspection; Rock characterization: rock mass classification, joint mapping, block size, pre and post blast assessment; Data collection: efficiency, safety, minimal intrusiveness; Improving links between data collection and modeling; Large sample data collection, reduction, analysis, and presentation- digital data structures; Investigation of joint genesis; and LIDAR Applications.

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Dr. Leslie Gertsch

Deputy Director-Rock Mechanics

Associate Professor in Geological Engineering, Sr. Research Investigator

Specialization:

Space Resources Laboratory, Rock Testing Laboratory, Mechanical Rock Fragmentation Laboratory

Research Interests:

Extra-Terrestrial Mining, Rock Fragmentation, Mine Planning, Fluid Flow through Fractured Rock, Sustainable Resource Production, Mine Autonomous Systems

Dr. Neil Anderson

Professor in Geological Engineering

Sr. Research Investigator

Specialization:

Surface wave technologies (MASW & ReMi), Reflection-seismic methods (both conventional and high-resolution), Ground-penetrating radar (GPR), Electromagnetic tools (metal detectors and conductivity tools), and Electrical resistivity tomography

Research Interests:

Near-surface geophysics; The application of geophysical technologies to geotechnical, structural, & environmental engineering investigations; Archeology, hydrogeology, hydrocarbon, & mineral exploration; and Geologic mapping

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Dr. Phillip Mulligan

Assistant Research Professor in Geological Engineering

Research Investigator

Research Interests:

Explosives Engineering and Force Protection.

Geology & Geophysics

Dr. Stephen Gao

Professor in Geology & Geophysics

Sr. Research Investigator

Specialization:

Dr. Gao is an earthquake seismologist with expertise in imaging the Earth¿s interior structure and characterizing rock properties using elastic waves produced by natural or artificially-induced explosive sources. He also conducts research on the spatial and temporal variation of earthquakes produced by tectonic forces and human activities such as mining and injection of fluids into deep wells.

Dr. Kelly Liu

Professor in Geology & Geophysics

Sr. Research Investigator

Research Interests:

Exploration of Earth's interior using geophysical methods especially passive and active seismology. Research interests include oil and gas exploration, harzard mitigation, crustal thickness and composition, mantle velocity structure and dynamics, and crustal and mantle seismic anisotropy.

Mining Engineering

Dr. Grzegorz Galecki

Associate Professor in Mining Engineering

Sr. Research Investigator

Specialization:

Mineral Processing Laboratory, High Pressure Waterjet Laboratory Laboratory

Research Interests:

Mineral Processing, Novel Methods of Communition, Nanomaterial Processing, Mining Processes Supported by Waterjets, Borehole Mining, Clean Coal Technology, Material processing with Waterjets, Systems Integration

Dr. Lana Alagha

Associate Professor in Mining Engineering

Research Associate

Research Interests:

Mineral Processing, Coal Processing, Clay Minerals, Surface Science, Oil Sands Ore Processing, Nanotechnology, Polymer Science

Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei

Associate Professor in Mining Engineering

Research Investigator

Research Interests:

Modeling and optimization of mining systems, Design and management of sustainable mining systems, Mining equipment performance evaluation, and Earthmoving equipment-formation interactions

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Dr. Taghi Sherizadeh

Assistant Professor in Mining Engineering

Research Investigator

Specialization:

Geomechanics, computational mechanics, poromechanics, distinct element method, hybrid finite element/lattice Boltzmann analysis, micro-mechanics, computational plasticity, development of mesh generator codes and artificial neural network applications in rock mechanics

Research Interests:

Areas of computational geomechanics, with emphasis on analytical and numerical modeling of surface and underground rock engineering projects.

Explosives Engineering

Dr. Catherine Johnson

Assistant Professor in Explosives Engineering

Sr. Research Investigator

Dr. Kyle Perry

Assistant Professor in Explosives Engineering

Research Investigator

Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Hyoung Lee

Associate Professor in Nuclear Engineering

Research Investigator

Research Interests:

Radiation Imaging, CT Reconstruction & Digital Image Processing, Non-Destructive Evaluation

Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Baojun Bai

Professor in Petroleum Engineering

Sr. Research Investigator

Research Interests:

Conformance Control to Reduce Excess Water Production Using Gels (especially preformed particle gels), CO2 and CO2 foam flooding, Shale Gas Development, Geological carbon sequestration, Reservoir numerical simulation, and Multiphase flow in porous media

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Dr. Andreas Eckert

Associate Professor in Petroleum Engineering

Research Investigator

Specialization:

Geomechanical Simulation Laboratory

Research Interests:

Numerical simulation of buckle folding, Numerical simulation of rock fabric evolution, Fracture initiation, Salt tectonics, Deformation bands, and Wellbore & reservoir geomechanics

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Dr. Mingzhen Wei

Assistant Professor in Petroleum Engineering

Research Investigator

Research Interests:

Her research interests include data mining and data quality enhancement, application development to support digital oilfield initiations, and reservoir engineering study for unconventional oil and gas development.

Dr. Abdulmohsin Imqam

Assistant Professor in Petroleum Engineering

Research Investigator

Civil Engineering

Dr. Xiong Zhang

Associate Professor in Civil Engineering

Research Investigator

Dr. Jenny Liu

Professor in Civil Engineering

Sr. Research Investigator

Research Interests:

Liu's research focuses on understanding and application of crucial and more environmentally conscious materials, and economic and effective solutions (design, construction, and preservation strategies) to transportation infrastructure needs