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graduate Degrees offered in mining engineering 

A graduate degree in mining engineering will prepare students for productive, lifelong careers. Students will participate in research on diverse teams and will pursue innovative ideas that lead to new knowledge and challenges current industry practices. They will develop strong technical and communication skills to enable effective problem solving and continued learning.

Master of Engineering

 The Master of Engineering (M.E.) program is a professional, non-thesis based degree program. A total of 30 credit hours are required, and the M.E. program concludes with the approval of an engineering report.

Master of Science

The Master of Science (M.S.) program is a research based degree program. A total of 30 credit hours are required, and the M.S. program concludes with the approval of a research based thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy 

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is a research based degree program. A total of 70 credit hours are required, and the Ph.D. program concludes with the approval of a significant, original dissertation.

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Dr. Felipe Calizaya


Dr. Calizaya's research focuses on the design of ventilation systems for underground mines, which is becoming increasingly more important with the health concerns of diesel particulate matter. His work investigates the leakage characteristics of the mine stoppings both in operating underground mines as well as laboratory modelling. Another topic of interest is the utilization of booster fans in underground coal mines. This work investigates the conditions under which booster fans can be used safely and efficiently in underground coal mines.  




Dr. Michael Free

Chair, Professor 

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.

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Dr. Rajive Ganguli

Malcolm McKinnon Endowed Professor

Dr. Ganguli has been working on artificial intelligence applications for the mining industry for the last two decades. He is also very interested in addressing the interdisciplinary grand challenges of the mining industry.

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Dr. 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.

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Dr. Michael Nelson


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.

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Dr. 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. 

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Dr. 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.

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Last Updated: 12/18/19