Explosives Engineering

With one of the only experimental mines in academia as well as a free-standing Energetics Research Facility, our explosives engineers are moving beyond their mining roots to explore innovative solutions in biomedicine, additive manufacturing and other disciplines. Faculty also work closely to train and collaborate with military experts at nearby Fort Leonard Wood.

Meet the experts

Catherine Johnson

Assistant Professor of Explosives Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Mild traumatic brain injury, Explosive taggants, shock and detonation wave collision in bench blasting, dust explosibility

Braden Lusk

Professor and Chair
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Blast mitigation/anti-terrorism, commercial blasting optimization, gas/dust explosion effects and mitigation, blast vibration prediction and control, environmental effects of blasting

Kyle Perry

Assistant Professor of Explosives Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Explosion protection, mine blasting effects, dust explosions, ground control

Paul Worsey

Professor and Director of Explosives Education
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Linear shaped charges for cutting and demolition, fly rock generation, underground tunnel round blasting, warhead, rocket motor and ICBM demilitarization, explosively driven pulse power generation, blasting