Faculty

Research Investigators

Geological Engineering

Dr. Norbert Maerz

Director - Rock Mechanics

Geological Engineering

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

Geological Engineering

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

Geological Engineering

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. Joseph Guggenberger

Assistant Professor

Geological Engineering

Geology & Geophysics

Dr. Stephen Gao

Professor

Geology & Geophysics

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

Geology & Geophysics

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

Mining Engineering

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. Catherine Johnson

Assistant Professor

Mining and Explosives Engineering

Dr. Lana Alagha

Assistant Professor

Mining Engineering

Research Interests:

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

Dr. Kwame Awuah-Offei

Associate Professor

Mining Engineering

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. Mao Chen Ge

Associate Professor

Mining Engineering

Research Interests:

Rock Mechanics, Mining Geophysics, Acoustic Emissions, Mine Hazard Prevention & Controls, and Seismic Based Void Detection

Dr. David A. Summers

Curators Professor Emeritus

Mining Engineering

Research Interests:

Waterjet Technology, Energy Policy, Drilling and Blasting, Rock Mechanics, Project Design, Non-Explosive Rock Fragmentation, Strata Control

Dr. Kyle Perry

Assistant Professor

Mining & Explosives Engineering

Dr. Nassib Aouad

Assistant Professor

Mining & Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Braden Lusk

Professor & Department Chair

Mining & Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Hyoung Lee

Associate Professor

Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests:

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

Petroleum Engineering

Dr. Baojun Bai

Associate Professor

Petroleum Engineering

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

Petroleum Engineering

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

Petroleum Engineering

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.