Petroleum and Mineral Resources

The alliance of geology and geophysics with geological and petroleum engineering allows for extensive cross-discipline collaboration in the study of the Earth and its natural resources.

Meet the experts

Lana Alagha

Assistant Professor
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Ionic liquids deal with rare earth elements, hybrid nanparticle systems for mine waste management, enhanced fine coal floation using novel polymer aids, recycling the fluorapatite from secondary sources using polymer-assisted floatation, biodegradable polymers application in sulfide mineral flotation

Kwame Awuah-Offei

Associate Professor in Mining Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Surface mining, excavation modeling, mining reclamation

Shari Dunn-Norman

Associate Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Hydraulic fracturing, well completions, well integrity, artificial lift and production engineering

Andreas Eckert

Associate Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Numerical simulation of buckle folding, numerical simulation of rock fabric evolution, fracture initiation, salt tectonics, deformation bands, and wellbore and reservoir geomechanics

Samuel Frimpong

Professor and Robert H. Quenon Endowed Chair
Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Surface mining, oil sand extraction, advanced stochastic modeling, machine formation interactions, mine production engineering, risks and safety engineering, mining machine health and longevity, bulk materials 

Greg Galecki

Associate Professor
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Mineral processing, comminution and particulate processing, high pressure waterjet, design for manufacturablity, process modeling

Stephen Gao

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Pure and applied geophysics with emphasis on earthquake seismology. Seismological investigations of the Earth's crust and mantle using seismic tomography, anisotropy, and receiver function analyses. Distribution of earthquakes in space and time, crustal deformation, and earthquake hazard prediction and mitigation

Leslie Gertsch

Associate Professor, Geological Engineering
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Extra-terrestrial mining and excavation, rock mechanics, mechanical rock cutting, near-Earth objects (NEOs), mine planning, mine equipment selection, planetary surface operations, space resources, space exploration, sustainability of mineral production, Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets

Ivan Guardiola

Associate Professor
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

Research Interests

Applied statistics and probability models, pattern recognition, prediction and forecasting, optimization, data science, and systems engineering analysis and tools

Kelly Liu

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Exploration of Earth's interior using geophysical methods especially passive and active seismology. Research interests include oil and gas exploration, hazard mitigation, crustal thickness and composition, mantle velocity structure and dynamics, and crustal and mantle seismic anisotropy

Marek Locmelis

Assistant Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Genesis of magmatic, metasomatic and hydrothermal ore deposits in the crust and upper mantle, Metal transport by fluids in the crust and upper mantle, Fingerprinting ore-forming processes and development of innovative exploration tools, The evolution of redox states of terrestrial planets and protoplanets

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

Norbert Maerz

Professor of Geological Engineering
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

LIDAR imaging, optical imaging, multivariate analysis of borehole discontinuity data, underground health and safety monitoring

Jonathan Obrist Farner

Assistant Professor
Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Basin margin evolution, petroleum geology and Guatemalan geology

Mingzhen Wei

Assistant Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Reservoir simulation and advanced EOR data analysis and screening