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The Mining Engineering Department faculty at the University of Utah are committed to preparing students for productive, life-long careers in mining and related industries or disciplines. 

 

 

MICHAEL FREE

Department Chair

 

Dr. Free's research interests include extraction and purification of metals, corrosion, and materials synthesis.  His research group is working on extracting and recovering rare earth elements from coal waste with assistance from bacteria, innovative extraction of copper from ore, extracting and recovering copper and precious metals from electronic waste, and developing and evaluating high entropy alloys.

Dr. Free's offices are located in WBB room 313 and 417. You can reach him by phone at 801-581-3893 and 801-585-9798 or by emailing him at michael.free@utah.edu 

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RAJIVE GANGULI

Malcolm McKinnon Endowed Professor

 

Dr. Ganguli has been working on artificial intelligence applications for the mining industry for the last two decades. Click here to see his ai.sys group. He is also very interested in addressing the interdisciplinary grand challenges of the mining industry.

Dr. Ganguli's office is located in WBB room 302. You can reach him by phone at 801-585-0958 or by emailing him at rajive.ganguli@utah.edu 

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JEFF JOHNSON

Associate Professor

 

Dr. Johnson works on the development of an instrumented device that measures a change of stress and strain in a rock mass. The device is similar to rock bolts that are typically used in underground construction to help support the excavation. The similarities allow the device to be inserted into a rock mass using normal construction equipment. The measurements from the device are used to calibrate computer models that are used in mine design.

Dr. Johnson's office is located in WBB room 316. You can reach him by phone at 801-585-1553 or by emailing him at jeffrecraigjohnson@icloud.com 

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MICHAEL NELSON

Professor

 

Dr. Nelson’s current research is examining the effectiveness of safety and health managements systems, with particular focus on the leadership, communication, culture, and climate. In the past four years, he and his students have made 18 visits to U.S. mines to study these systems. He is also working to develop methods and materials for use in teaching mining engineering students about effective management.

Dr. Nelson's office is located in WBB room 316. You can reach him by phone at 801-585-3064 or by emailing him at mike.nelson@utah.edu

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PRATT ROGERS

Assistant Professor

 

Dr. Rogers' research interests concentrate on the reliability of socio-technical systems deployed in mining organizations and applications of big data analysis.  Better management of the socio-technical bottlenecks will allow companies to operationalize technology more successfully, improve data utilization, and operate more efficiently. 

Dr. Pratt's office is located in WBB room 303. You can reach him by phone at 801-585-3360 or by emailing him at pratt.rogers@utah.edu 

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JESSICA WEMPEN

Assistant Professor

 

Dr. Wempen is interested in research applying advanced remote sensing technologies, including satellite imaging and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, for mine ground control, mineral exploration, and environmental monitoring. She is also interested in innovative seismic monitoring and analysis to improve mine ground control safety. 

Dr. Wempen's office is located in WBB room 317. You can reach her by phone at 801-585-3029 or by emailing her at j.wempen@utah.edu  

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ADJUNCT


 

Name Title
SAKSHI ANDERSON Adjunct Assistant Professor
LOUIE CONONELOS  Adjunct Associate Professor 
EDUARDO ALEJANDRO CORDOVA Adjunct Assistant Professor
HELLMUT DOELLING Adjunct Professor
JAMES DONOVAN Adjunct Assistant Professor
FRANK DREWS Adjunct Associate Professor 
JEFF MCKENZIE Adjunct Instructor
DALE PREECE Adjunct Professor
JEFFREY WHYATT Adjunct Professor
MARY ANN WRIGHT Adjunct Associate Professor 
ZAVIS ZAVODNI Adjunct Professor

EMERITI


 

 

FELIPE CALIZAYA

Professor Emeritus

 

 

 

William C. Browning Building, 318

801-581-5422

felipe.calizaya@utah.edu

 

 

KIM MCCARTER

Professor Emeritus

 

 

 

William C. Browning Building, 312

801-581-8603

k.mccarter@utah.edu 

 

 

WILLIAM PARISEAU

Professor Emeritus

 

 

William C. Browning Building, 315

801-581-5164

w.pariseau@utah.edu

Last Updated: 6/26/20