Faculty Directory

Roohollah (Radwin) Askari

  • Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-2534
raskari@mtu.edu
Dow 621

Website

www.raskari-mtu.com

Research Interests

  • Environmental geophysics
  • Fracture characterization using lab and field data
  • Reservoir-monitoring using ambient noise seismic interferometry
  • Petrophysical characterization of porous media using numerical and experimental approaches

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

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

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.

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

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 503

Specialties

  • Geoscience
  • Teacher Education
  • Evaluation and Assessment

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

Alex S. Mayer, PE

  • Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3372
asmayer@mtu.edu
Dow 809

Links of Interest

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

Thomas Oommen

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2045
toommen@mtu.edu
Dow Building 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)

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

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

Roger Turpening

  • Research Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-1784
roger@mtu.edu
Dow 624

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

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