Resource exploration, extraction and restoration

Our research on resource exploration includes innovative multi-disciplinary approaches aimed at the discovery of mineral deposits and hydrocarbons. Our research also focuses on cutting-edge technologies for mining and oil and gas production, including topics such as drilling, well completions, explosives, metallurgy, and process management.

Meet the experts

Kwame Awuah-Offei

Associate Professor in Mining Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Surface mining; excavation modeling; sustainability in mining

Joel Burken

Chair
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Phytoforensics subsurface contaminant transport; smart living; green infrastructure; phytoremediation and natural treatment systems; biological wastewater treatment; constructed wetlands; green remediation; remote sensing or environmental pollutants; site restoration

Andreas Eckert

Associate Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Numerical geomechanics, buckle folding, high strain zones, salt tectonics, deformation bands, petroleum-related geomechanics

Mark Fitch

Assistant Chair and Associate Professor
Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

Passive biological treatment of pollutants; metals removal from mine-impacted waters

Samuel Frimpong

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

Research Interests

Cyber-surface mining systems, excavation, heavy mining machinery and intelligent systems

Leslie Gertsch

Associate Professor, Geological Engineering
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Energy of Dry vs. Saturate Rock Breaking, Space Mining, rock fragmentation technology, 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

Abdulmohsin Imqam

Assistant Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Wellbore integrity; enhanced oil recovery from unconventional and conventional resources; hydraulic fracture stimulation

Catherine Johnson

Assistant Professor of Explosives Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Explosives engineering and technology, shock and detonation, dust explicability, traumatic brain injury

Marek Locmelis

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

Research Interests

Development of geochemical exploration tools for critical element deposits; Fluid mobility of critical elements to constrain transport and deposition mechanisms; Investigation of Missouri’s Rare Earth Element and Cobalt Ore Potential

Jonathan Obrist Farner

Assistant Professor
Geology and Geophysics

Research Interests

Petroleum geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy

Kyle Perry

Assistant Professor of Explosives Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Explosive engineering, coal mine seal designs, stability concerns from blasting

J. David Rogers

Associate Chair and Hasslemann Professor
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Regional terrain analysis, assessment of geohazards, ‘big data’ for geotechnical systems

Taghi Sherizadeh

Assistant Professor
Mining & Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Numerical modeling of geotechnical stress; risk assessment of surface and underground stability; long-term performance assessment of nuclear waste disposal sites

Mingzhen Wei

Assistant Professor
Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Reservoir simulation, data mining, unconventional resources and enhanced oil recovery

Dr. Jeremy Maurer

Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering

Research Interests

Geodesy, earthquake and fault mechanics, induced seismicity, inverse problems and modeling, uncertainty quantification, crustal deformation, and geophysical methods.

For more information regarding Dr. Maurer's research, please visit his website, or select here for publications.

Stephen Gao

Professor, Geology and Geophysics
Geosciences and Geology and Petroleum Engineering

Research Interests

Geophysical exploration of the Earth’s interior, earthquake seismology, crustal and mantle deformation