Faculty and Staff Directory

Carol J. Asiala

Carol J. Asiala

  • Research Scientist/Engineer, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Specialties

  • Proposal preparation assistance
  • Project assistance with databases and computer programming/analysis
  • Project assistance with budget reporting and management

Roohollah (Radwin) Askari

  • Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-2029
raskari@mtu.edu
Dow 621

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
Robert J. Barron

Robert J. Barron

  • Department Facilities Manager, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
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
Brittany Buschell Staff Photo

Brittany Buschell

  • Graduate Program Coordinator
906-487-2531
babusche@mtu.edu
Dow 630

Gary A Campbell

  • Professor of Natural Resource Economics, School of Business and Economics
  • Director of MS in Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Affiliate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-2808
gacampbe@mtu.edu
Academic Office Building 122

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
Dow 620

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 208

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

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
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
  • Affiliated Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2535
jsgierke@mtu.edu
Dow 631

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

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.
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James (Murray) Gillis

  • Mine Safety Program
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

  • Research Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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
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Catherine Hayer

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
cshayer@mtu.edu
DOW ESE Building 427
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.

Kenneth M. Hinkel

  • Research Professor, 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

Jacqueline E. Huntoon

  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
906-487-2440
jeh@mtu.edu
Administration Building 502

Specialties

  • Geoscience
  • Teacher Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment

Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Affiliated 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

Mark Kulie

  • Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-2493
mkulie@mtu.edu

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. synoptic 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

Zhen Liu

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-1826
zhenl@mtu.edu
Dillman 201F

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Soil mechanics and labs
  • Foundation engineering
  • Numerical simulations (FEM, FDM)
  • Other courses in classical mechanics

Research Interests

  • Multiphysical phenomena: soil freezing, cement hydration, gas hydrate dissociation, carbon sequestration, shale gas recovery, processes in geothermal practice
  • Development and application of innovative sensor techniques
  • Innovative characterization (acoustic, electromagnetic) and advanced mechanics of porous materials (unsaturated soil mechanics, poromechanics)
  • Climatic effects on infrastructure
  • Numerical simulation techniques: Multiphysics and Multiscale, XFEM, SPH

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

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
906-487-1106
gmeadows@mtu.edu
GLRC 307

Research Interests

  • Large scale field experimentation in the Inland Seas of the Great Lakes and coastal oceans
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and prediction
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous environmental monitoring platforms (surface and sub-surface)
  • Underwater acoustic remote sensing
  • Marine engineering

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

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)
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Matthew Portfleet

  • Assistant Director Mine Safety Program
Cell: 906-231-7127

Dow 620
Robert S. Regis

Robert S. Regis

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
Lizzette Rodriquez

Lizzette Rodriguez

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Monitoring of volcanic degassing: acquisition and analysis of volcanic gas emission data, specifically sulfur dioxide, using Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy and COSPEC
  • Depletion rates of sulfur dioxide in volcanic plumes
  • Near-vent sun photometry of volcanic aerosols (using sun photometers)
  • Volcano-atmosphere interactions
  • Volcanology and volcanic hazard assessment in the Lesser Antilles, Central and South America
  • Monitoring of ground deformation produced by volcanic activity, using the Global Positioning System

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

  • 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
  • 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
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Christopher J. Stefano

  • Associate Curator, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-3028
cjstefan@mtu.edu
Seaman Mineral Museum

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Mineralogy
  • History of mineralogy and mineral collections
  • Igneous petrology
  • Geochemistry

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
  • Affiliated 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
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Rudiger Escobar Wolf

  • Research Assistant Professor
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

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
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