Faculty and Staff Directory

Carol J. Asiala

Carol J. Asiala

Research Scientist/Engineer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2033
cjasiala@mtu.edu
Dow 601

Specialties

  • Proposal preparation assistance
  • Project assistance with databases and computer programming/analysis
  • Project assistance with budget reporting and management
Robert J. Barron

Robert J. Barron

Department Facilities Manager

906-487-2096
rjbarron@mtu.edu
Dow 306

Suzanne Beske-Diehl

Professor Emerita, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2665
sbeske-d@mtu.edu
Dow 204

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Use of rock magnetic properties to identify volcanic ash and as indicators of atmospheric fractionation
  • Rock magnetic properties as an indicator of environmental change with special interest in Lake Superior
  • Effect of alteration on the magnetization of basalts
  • Magnetostratigraphy of the Pliocene sediments in Anza-Borrego State Park, California
  • Paleomagnetism and polar wander for North America at about 1.1 Ga concentrating on Keweenawan rocks

Gregg J. Bluth

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Volcanic emissions of sulfur dioxide, for both individual eruptions and global-scale trends
  • Merging of wind trajectory models and remote sensing data to produce 3-dimensional reconstructions of drifting volcanic clouds
  • Study of gas and solid interactions within drifting volcanic clouds
  • Watershed geochemistry in the Lake Superior basin
  • Antarctic continental weathering under ice-free conditions, and the effect on marine geochemistry

Theodore J. Bornhorst

Director, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Adjunct Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

906-487-2721
tjb@mtu.edu
A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Geology of metallic ore deposits with emphasis on geochemistry
  • Geology and native copper deposits of the Keweenawan Midcontinent rift system
  • Geology and mineral deposits of the Archean of Upper Peninsula of Michigan, especially the Ishpeming greenstone belt
  • Geochemistry and geology of selected metallic ore deposits in Finland
  • Statistical analysis of geoscience data
  • Environmental geochemistry as applied to metallic ore deposits

Gary A Campbell

Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of Business and Economics

Director of MS in Applied Natural Resource Economics

906-487-2808
gacampbe@mtu.edu
122 Academic Office Building

Teaching Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Principles of Economics
  • International Economics

Research Interests

  • Metal markets
  • Sustainability of mining
  • Social decision-making about resource use
David Carlson

David Carlson

Mine Safety Program Manager

906-487-2453
dcarlson@mtu.edu
M & M Building 418C

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

Chad Deering

Assistant Professor

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

Jimmy F. Diehl

Professor Emeritus, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2665
jdiehl@mtu.edu
Dow 204

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Late cretaceous/early tertiary apparent polar wander for North America
  • Environmental magnetism and paleoclimate records from cave and lake deposits
  • Paleomagnetism of keweenawan rocks and their geomagnetic and tectonic implications
  • Paleosecular variation of Plio-Pleistocene volcanic rocks
  • Application of seismic, resistivity, gravity, and magnetic methods to geological engineering problems
Adam Durant

Adam Durant

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Michael P. Dziobak

Michael P. Dziobak

Asst. Research Scientist

906-487-3471
mdziobak@mtu.edu
Dow 813
Phil Eggerding

Phil Eggerding

Mine Safety Program Instructor

906-487-2272
peggerdi@mtu.edu
M & M Building 418B

John S. Gierke

Chair, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

James Murray Gillis

Instructor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Director, Mine Safety and Health Training Program

906-487-1820
jmgillis@mtu.edu
M & M Building 206

Research Interests

  • Process/product development, instrumentation and process control
  • Ammounium carbonate leaching of metallic compounds
  • Agglomeration of waste oxides
  • Oxidation tower design
  • Classification of fine particulate
  • Spray drying of metallic compounds.
Ron Gradowski

Ron Gradowski

Mine Safety Program Instructor

Rudolph Greuer

Rudolph E. Greuer

Professor Emeritus, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2854
regreuer@mtu.edu
M&M 319

Jason D Gulley

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2534
jdgulley@mtu.edu

Core research areas

  • hydrogeology, particularly of karst aquifers, and glaciology

Specific current research interests include:

  • How sea level fluctuations and climate change affect groundwater circulation and the formation of post depositional porosity in carbonate platforms
  • How interactions between surface and groundwater affect dissolution, fluid flow and ecohydrology in carbonate platforms
  • Physical processes responsible for dynamic coupling between glacier hydrology and ice motion with implications for understanding rates of sea level rise
Allison Hein

Allison M. Hein

Research Engineer and Scientist I - IMP

906-487-1821
amhein@mtu.edu
M & M Building 509

Research Interests

  • Benificiation of coal, minerals, and solid waste.
  • Plating sludge leaching and pyro processing.
  • Environmental compliance and permits.
  • Technical and financial project planning and reporting.
Jacqueline Huntoon

Jacqueline Huntoon

Dean of the Graduate School

Associate Provost for Graduate Education

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2327
jeh@mtu.edu
Administration Building 413A

Specialties

  • Oversees all aspects of graduate education
  • Evaluates programs and student outcomes

Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2601
jhwang@mtu.edu
M & M Building 505

Research Interests

  • Materials Processing
  • Microwave
  • Hydrogen Storage Material
  • Energy
  • Recycling
  • Extractive Metallurgy
  • Environmental Engineering
Allan Johnson

Allan M. Johnson

Professor Emeritus, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2072
amj@mtu.edu
Dow 314
Rodney C. Johnson

Rodney C. Johnson

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Louisa Kramer

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Long-range transport of trace gases and their impact on the chemical composition of the atmosphere
  • Satellite remote sensing and validation
  • Surface-atmosphere fluxes of reactive gas species from soils and snow
  • Development of instrumentation for measuring atmospheric trace gases
Amie S. Ledgerwood

Amie S. Ledgerwood

Administrative Aide

906-487-2531
asledger@mtu.edu
Dow 630
Maria Val Martin

Maria Val Martin

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

S. Douglas McDowell

Professor Emeritus, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Research Interests

  • Clay mineralogy and low temperature diagenetic/geothermal/metamorphic systems
Kelly McLean

Kelly McLean

Administrative Associate

906-487-2531
kelly@mtu.edu
Dow 627
Guy Meadows

Guy Meadows

Director, Great Lakes Research Initiatives

(906) 487-1106
gmeadows@mtu.edu
Room 307 GLRC

Colleen B. Mouw

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

(906) 487-2795
cbmouw@mtu.edu
GLRC 206

Links of Interest

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

Thomas Oommen

Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Adjunct Assistant 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

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
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R. Chris Owen

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Wayne D. Pennington

Dean, College of Engineering

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)
Fred J. Prata

Fred J. Prata

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Robert S. Regis

Robert S. Regis

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Lizzette Rodriquez

Lizzette Rodriguez

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

William I. Rose

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Volcanology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Volcanic Clouds
  • Geoheritage

Jeremy Shannon

Senior Lecturer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-3573
jmshanno@mtu.edu
Dow 605

Links of Interest

Robert A. Shuchman

Robert A. Shuchman

Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences

Co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

734-913-6860
shuchman@mtu.edu
MTRI

Research Interests

  • Oceanic Sciences/Natural Resources
  • AR, MS, and Photo-imaging Applied to Oceanography
  • Earth Resources
  • Military Coastal Environmental Assessment

Aleksey Smirnov

Associate Professor, 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
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Jennifer Telling

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

906-487-2531
jwtellin@mtu.edu
Dow 630

Roger Turpening

Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-1784
roger@mtu.edu
Dow 624
James W. Vallance

James W. Vallance

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Stanley J. Vitton

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2527
vitton@mtu.edu
Dillman 201G

Research Interests

  • Mechanics of seismic signals generated from hydrodynamic phenomena such as the interaction of tornadoes with the ground

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

Matthew Watson

Adjunct Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-3491
watson@mtu.edu
Dow 208

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Using satellite data to retrieve information about the gases and particles produced by volcanoes
  • The importance of volcanic gases during explosive eruptions
  • MODIS thermal IR algorithm development
  • Improvement of TOMS data processing software
  • Near-vent Sun photometry of volcanic aerosols
  • COSPEC and FTIR
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Rudiger Escobar Wolf

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

906-487-2128
rpescoba@mtu.edu
Dow 204

James R. Wood

Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2894
jrw@mtu.edu
Dow 602

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Petroleum geology
  • Geochemistry
  • Solution chemistry
  • Diagenisis
  • Thermodynamics
  • Computer mapping and visualization

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

Charles T. Young

Professor Emeritus, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

906-487-2072
ctyoung@mtu.edu
Dow 315

Research Interests

  • Aquifer heterogenetity estimation using ground penetrating radar
  • Three dimensional visualization of geophysical data
  • Novel uses of electrical resisitivity to reveal fracture patterns in limestone
  • Application of geophysics to archaeology (non-destructive archaeology)
  • Table top models for teaching geophysics
  • Signal analysis for geophysical interpretation

Bo Zhang

Visiting Assistant Professor, Geophysics

bzhang9@mtu.edu
Dow 625

Research Interests

  • Seismic Signal Analysis
  • Development and Calibration of New Seismic Attributes
  • Seismic Velocity Analysis
  • Broadband seismic data processing
  • Shale Resources Characterization