Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Directory

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

Gary A. Campbell

  • Professor of Natural Resource Economics, College of Business
  • Director of MS in Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Affiliate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Principles of Economics
  • International Economics

Specialties

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

Jiann-Yang (Jim) Hwang

  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

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

Sajin Kumar K.S.

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Geohazards
  • Meteorite Impact Cratering Process

Zhen Liu, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Soil mechanics and labs
  • Foundation engineering
  • Numerical simulations (FEM, FDM)
  • Multiphysics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data analytics in engineering

Research Interests

  • Intelligent infrastructure systems enabled by computing (AI, hybrid computing), sensing (acoustic, electromagnetic), and control (distributed systems with microcontrollers) for smart cities and safer, more (energy) efficient, and more resilient built environments
  • Enhancing system resilience with artificial intelligence (deep and reinforcement learning), physics (multiphysics and inverse analysis), and advanced data analytics (with transportation, meteorological, and GIS data)
  • Multiphysics and applications: thermohydromechanics (seasonal and climatic effects, material/environment processes, energy from gas hydrates), buoyance-driven flow (surface water geothermal), electromagnetics (sensing and sensors, energy harvesting), and soil-structure-fluid interaction (erosion and infrastructure protection)
  • Advanced soil mechanics and numerical simulation techniques: stress formulation, soil wetting, adsorption, non-isothermal soil mechanics, phase change, and soil behavior under extreme conditions; FEM, FDM, FVM, XFEM, molecular dynamics, SPH, Monte Carlo, and self-made methods.

Guy Meadows

  • Director, Marine Engineering Laboratory
  • Robbins Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

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
Robert Regis

Robert S. Regis

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

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

Research Interests

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

Christopher J. Stefano

  • Associate Curator, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

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

James W. Vallance

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Stanley J. Vitton, PE

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Research Interests

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

Bo Zhang

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Research Interests

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