Members

Will H. Cantrell

Professor, Physics

Director, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI)

Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Specialties

  • Atmospheric Science

Ossama Abdelkhalik

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

906-487-3503
ooabdelk@mtu.edu
MEEM 1013

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Mechanics
  • Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
  • Optimization
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Dynamics and Control

Research Interests

  • Space Trajectory Optimization
  • Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Global Optimization Methods
  • Variable-Size Design Space Optimization
  • Evolutionary Algorithms

Roohollah (Radwin) Askari

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2029
raskari@mtu.edu
Dow 427

Research Interests

  • Fractured media characterization using core analysis and seismic data
  • Petrophysical characterization of porous media using numerical and experimental approaches
  • Near surface geophysics
  • Seismic data processing and imaging

Simon Carn

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-1756
scarn@mtu.edu
Dow 424

Research Interests

  • Using satellite measurements to constrain global volcanic SO2 production and emissions from individual volcanoes
  • Validation of OMI SO2 retrievals using correlative data from ground-based, airborne and space-borne instruments
  • Tracking volcanic SO2 and ash clouds operationally for aviation hazard mitigation
  • Remote sensing of tropospheric volcanic plumes using DOAS and FTIR
  • Quantifying anthropogenic emissions of SO2 from sources such as copper smelters and oil and gas fields
  • Mitigation of the environmental and health impacts of volcanic degassing using satellite data
  • Comparisons between satellite observations and chemical transport model simulations of volcanic clouds and plumes

Snehamoy Chatterjee

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2516
schatte1@mtu.edu
Dow 601

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design under Uncertainties
  • Production monitoring and automated control using image sensors
  • Multi-point and multi-scale geostatistics
  • Mine safety, reliability, and occupational risk modeling
  • Statistical and artificial intelligence modeling

Teaching Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design
  • Geostatistics and Mineral Resource Estimation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Reliability and Safety Engineering
  • Blasting and Fragmentation

Chad Deering

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-1187
cddeerin@mtu.edu
Dow 402

Links of Interest

Specialties

  • Source to surface transport of magmatic volatiles and fluid evolution in geothermal systems
  • Evolution of the upper continental crust: generation and maintenance of large, silicic magma reservoirs
  • Magma reservoir dynamics by quantifying textural fabrics and intracrystalline deformation formed during hindered settling and compaction
  • Relationship between resurgent plutons and large, silicic ignimbrites in exhumed caldera-forming eruptive sequences
  • Excess or cryptic degassing in volcanic systems
  • Quantification of CO2 from diffuse degassing at large, caldera-forming volcanoes

James M. DeGraff

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Cell: 281-923-1122
jmdegraf@mtu.edu
Dow 203

Research Interests

  • Structure and tectonics of the Midcontinent Rift System
  • Structural discontinuity formation in the shallow crust
  • Relative and absolute timing of rock deformation events
  • Fractured reservoir characterization, analysis, and modeling
  • Fluid flow through single fractures and fracture networks
  • Automated acquisition and analysis of geologic data from the Earth’s surface and drill core

Paul V. Doskey

Professor, SFRES

Director, Microanalytical Facility (MAF)

Director, Molecular Biogeochemistry Laboratory (MBL)

906-487-2745
pvdoskey@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 113

Research Interests

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry of Surface-Atmosphere Exchange
  • Atmospheric Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry

John S. Gierke

Chair, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Affiliated Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2535
jsgierke@mtu.edu
Dow 405

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Hydrogeology
  • Ground water Engineering
  • Contaminant Transport
  • Subsurface Remediation

Research Interests

  • Field performance of air sparging for removing volatile organic chemicals from ground water
  • Volatile organic vapor transport in unsaturated soils
  • Sulfur dioxide interactions with volcanic ash

Sarah A. Green

Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

Kenneth M. Hinkel

Staff, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Periglacial and process geomorphology
  • Computer applications in statistical, numerical and cartographic techniques in the earth sciences
  • Surface energy exchange as it relates to microclimatology
  • Physics, mechanics and petrology of naturally occurring ice formations

Petra H. Huentemeyer

Associate Professor, Physics

Specialties

  • Gamma-Ray Emission
  • High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Mike Hyslop portrait
"A good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen. ...the value of a map depends on how well its content reflects a chosen aspect of reality."
—Mark Monmonier

Mike Hyslop

Principal Lecturer, SFRES

Master of Geographic Information Science Degree Program Director

906-487-2308
mdhyslop@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 140A

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology

Charles Kerfoot

Professor, Biological Sciences

Director, Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu
GLRC 305, office

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Mark Kulie

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Areas of Interest

  • Snowfall remote sensing using spaceborne and ground-based instruments
  • Global snowfall characterization and future snowfall trends
  • Measuring snow microphysical properties
  • Lake effect snow (satellite and radar observations, modeling, forecasting)

Research Interests

  • Understanding future global snowfall trends using combined modeling, reanalysis, and observational datasets
  • Using spaceborne radar and microwave radiometer observations to quantify global snowfall
  • Evaluating spaceborne precipitation estimates using ground-based radar and in situ snow microphysics observations
  • Studying systematic snow microphysical property differences associated with distinct snowfall modes (lake effect vs. syntopic snow)
  • Characterizing uncertainties in spaceborne snowfall estimates due to snow and ice particle microphysics
  • Improving snow/ice microphysical properties and processes in numerical models
  • Developing improved lake effect snow forecasting tools using satellite data
Ann Maclean faculty portrait
"The practical application of knowledge is what moves us forward."

Ann Maclean

Professor, SFRES

906-487-2030
amaclean@mtu.edu
Noblet Building 189

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial modeling

Eugene Levin, CP

Associate Professor, School of Technology; Program Chair, Surveying Engineering

Director, Integrated Geospatial Technology Graduate Program

Faculty Advisor, Digital Mapping Enterprise

906-487-2446
elevin@mtu.edu
EERC 220

Research Interests

  • Integrated geospatial technologies for sustainable development
  • Mobile mapping platforms for geographical and environmental studies
  • SAR- and LIDAR-based remote sensing and GIS
  • Geosensorics, real-time networks of geosensors
  • Human-computer symbiosis for knowledge extraction and expertise transfer
  • Visual perception in remote sensing and GIS
  • 3-D geospatial visualization and augmented reality
  • Visual and automated feature extraction in multispectral and hyperspectral image interpretation
  • Geospatial-sensor modeling and calibration
  • Image processing and automated feature extraction from aerial and satellite imagery
  • Automated systems for vision-based autonomous navigation and control of manned/unmanned robotic platforms
  • Image fusion and analysis
  • Photogrammetry of aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery

Teaching Interests

  • Earth observation systems
  • Geodesy
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geospatial technologies, data, and systems
  • Global positioning systems
  • Remote sensing
  • LIDAR-, SAR-/InSAR-based remote sensing
  • Geospatial 3-D visualization
  • Geospatial imaging: perception and interpretation
  • Introductory and advanced GIS
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • Spatial decision support
  • Cartography and cybercartography

Audrey L. Mayer

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES

Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

906-487-2864
almayer@mtu.edu
Academic Office Building 206

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science

Claudio Mazzoleni

Associate Professor, Physics

906-487-1226
cmazzoleni@mtu.edu
Fisher 109

Specialties

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Aerosol properties (optical, physical and morphological) and effects on clouds and climate
  • Instrument development and environmental optics

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

Associate Professor, Chemistry

906-487-1853
lrmazzol@mtu.edu
Chem Sci 402D

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations
  • Aqueous reaction pathways

Colleen B. Mouw

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Oceanography and Limnology
  • Aquatic optics and remote sensing
  • Development of novel aquatic satellite products
  • Aquatic biogeochemical processes
  • Phytoplankton ecology
  • Response of aquatic systems to environmental change

Robert J. Nemiroff

Professor, Physics

Research Interests

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Smartphones as science sensors
  • Cosmology
  • Gravitation

David F. Nitz

Professor, Physics

906-487-2274
dfnitz@mtu.edu
DOW 303

Specialties

  • Experimental Particle Astrophysics

Thomas Oommen

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2045
toommen@mtu.edu
Dow 401

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering Geology and Geoinformatics

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring

Wayne D. Pennington

Dean, College of Engineering

David House Endowed Professor of Geophysical Engineering, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2005
wayne@mtu.edu
M&M 701

Research Interests

  • Properties of rocks under varying conditions of saturation, stress, and heterogeneity
  • Oil and gas exploration and development
  • Seismic petrophysics -- relating rock properties to seismic observations, particularly in oil and gas development
  • Earthquake seismology, particularly induced seismicity, and humanitarian aspects of large earthquakes
  • Administrator of the SPOT Lab (seismic petrophysics: observation and theory)

Judith A. Perlinger

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3641
jperl@mtu.edu
Dow 863

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability

William I. Rose

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Volcanology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Volcanic Clouds
  • Geoheritage

Raymond A. Shaw

Professor, Physics

Director, Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. Program

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Cloud Physics
  • Nucleation
  • Turbulence
  • Digital Holography

Alex S. Mayer

Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3372
asmayer@mtu.edu
Dow 809

Teaching Interests

  • Groundwater flow and transport and subsurface remediation

Research Interests

  • Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Contaminant Transport in Groundwater Vadose Zones
  • Mathematical Optimization of Groundwater Remediation Systems: Multi-Objective and Uncertainty Problems
  • Surfactant-Enhanced Dissolution of Nonaqueous Phase Liquids in Subsurface Systems
  • Groundwater Flow in a Fault Zone in the Vicinity of Desert Hot Springs, California
  • Simulation of Saltwater Intrusion in the Guaymas Valley, Sonora, Mexico California

Aleksey Smirnov

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Physics

Graduate Program Director, Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2365
asmirnov@mtu.edu
Dow 425

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • The long-term evolution of the Earth's magnetic field (especially in relation to the geodynamo mechanisms and the early history of the field) and its geological and geodynamical implications
  • Geodynamics and global plate tectonics (eg., large igneous province formation and true polar wander)
  • Magnetism of rocks, minerals, and synthetic materials
  • Environmental magnetism (eg., biomineralization and the relationships between physical, chemical and magnetic properties of minerals)
  • Development of new techniques and instruments for paleomagnetic and rock magnetic research

Noel R. Urban

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-3640
nurban@mtu.edu
306 GLRC

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental cycles of major and trace elements
  • Sediment diagenesis and stratigraphy
  • Chemistry of natural organic matter
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Environmental impact and fate of pollutants
  • Influence of organisms on the chemical environment
  • Role of chemical environment in controlling populations

Greg Waite

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-3554
gpwaite@mtu.edu
Dow 428

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes
  • Mantle and crustal-scale seismic tomography
  • The relationship of seismic anisotropy to fluids and strain
  • Active-source investigations of magmatic systems
  • Triggering of earthquakes by magmatic and hydrous fluid migration
  • Relationship between shallow syneruptive volcanic earthquakes and degassing

Shiliang Wu

Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

906-487-2590
slwu@mtu.edu
Dow 429

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Interactions among climate, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, and land use/land cover
  • Impacts of global change on atmospheric chemistry and long-range transport of air pollution
  • Anthropogenic perturbations to the atmosphere and implications for environmental sustainability
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions, especially in the context of global change
  • Impacts of aerosols on the global hydrological cycle