Members

Director

Will H. Cantrell

  • Professor, Physics
  • Director, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI)
  • Director, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Specialties

  • Atmospheric Science

Members

Ossama Abdelkhalik

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Space Mechanics
  • Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
  • Optimization
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Dynamics and Control

Research Interests

  • Space Trajectory Optimization
  • Ocean Wave Energy Conversion
  • Spacecraft Dynamics and Control
  • Global Optimization Methods
  • Variable-Size Design Space Optimization
  • Evolutionary Algorithms

Roohollah (Radwin) Askari

  • Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Simon Carn

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

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

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

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

Paul V. Doskey

  • Professor, SFRES
  • Director, Microanalytical Facility (MAF)
  • Director, Molecular Biogeochemistry Laboratory (MBL)

Research Interests

  • Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry of Surface-Atmosphere Exchange
  • Atmospheric Organic Chemistry
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry

John S. Gierke

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

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

Sarah A. Green

  • Professor, Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Climate change communication
  • Science-policy interface
  • Response of aquatic systems to climate change
  • Great Lakes
  • Behavior of metal-contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin
  • Fluorescence-based analytical methods
  • Aerosol chemistry
  • Origin and fate of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments
  • Methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment
  • integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles.

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

Petra H. Huentemeyer

  • Associate Professor, Physics

Specialties

  • Gamma-Ray Emission
  • High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Mike Hyslop
"A good map tells a multitude of little white lies; it suppresses truth to help the user see what needs to be seen. ...the value of a map depends on how well its content reflects a chosen aspect of reality."
—Mark Monmonier

Mike Hyslop

  • Principal Lecturer, SFRES
  • Master of Geographic Information Science Degree Program Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Global positioning systems
  • Great Lakes Quaternary (glacial) geomorphology

Charles Kerfoot

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Alex B. Kostinski

  • Professor, Physics

Specialties

  • Atmospheric Physics

Mark Kulie

  • Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Eugene Levin, CP

  • Associate Professor, School of Technology; Program Chair, Surveying Engineering
  • Director, Integrated Geospatial Technology Graduate Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Digital Mapping Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Integrated geospatial technologies for sustainable development
  • Mobile mapping platforms for geographical and environmental studies
  • SAR- and LIDAR-based remote sensing and GIS
  • Geosensorics, real-time networks of geosensors
  • Human-computer symbiosis for knowledge extraction and expertise transfer
  • Visual perception in remote sensing and GIS
  • 3-D geospatial visualization and augmented reality
  • Visual and automated feature extraction in multispectral and hyperspectral image interpretation
  • Geospatial-sensor modeling and calibration
  • Image processing and automated feature extraction from aerial and satellite imagery
  • Automated systems for vision-based autonomous navigation and control of manned/unmanned robotic platforms
  • Image fusion and analysis
  • Photogrammetry of aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery

Teaching Interests

  • Earth observation systems
  • Geodesy
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geospatial technologies, data, and systems
  • Global positioning systems
  • Remote sensing
  • LIDAR-, SAR-/InSAR-based remote sensing
  • Geospatial 3-D visualization
  • Geospatial imaging: perception and interpretation
  • Introductory and advanced GIS
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • Spatial decision support
  • Cartography and cybercartography
Ann Maclean
"The practical application of knowledge is what moves us forward."

Ann Maclean

  • Professor, SFRES

Areas of Expertise

  • Remote sensing
  • Digital image processing
  • Geographic information systems
  • Spatial modeling

Alex S. Mayer, PE

  • Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

Audrey L. Mayer

  • Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy, SFRES
  • Coordinator, Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry

Areas of Expertise

  • Landscape ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
  • Sustainability science

Claudio Mazzoleni

  • Associate Professor, Physics

Specialties

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Aerosol properties (optical, physical and morphological) and effects on clouds and climate
  • Instrument development and environmental optics

Lynn R. Mazzoleni

  • Associate Professor, Chemistry

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Understanding the identities, occurrence, and transformation of aerosol organic compounds
  • Identifying organic aerosol constituents from a variety of atmospheric environments
  • Exploration of new LC column chemistries with ultrahigh pressure pumps for fast and thorough separations
  • Aqueous reaction pathways

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 J. Nemiroff

  • Professor, Physics

Research Interests

  • Gamma-ray bursts
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Smartphones as science sensors
  • Cosmology
  • Gravitation

David F. Nitz

  • Professor, Physics

Specialties

  • Experimental Particle Astrophysics

Thomas Oommen

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

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

Research Interests

  • (Not accepting new graduate students)
  • 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)

Judith A. Perlinger

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability

Raymond A. Shaw

  • Professor, Physics
  • Director, Atmospheric Sciences Ph.D. Program

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Cloud Physics
  • Nucleation
  • Turbulence
  • Digital Holography

Aleksey Smirnov

  • Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, Department of Physics

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

Noel R. Urban

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental cycles of major and trace elements
  • Sediment diagenesis and stratigraphy
  • Chemistry of natural organic matter
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Environmental impact and fate of pollutants
  • Influence of organisms on the chemical environment
  • Role of chemical environment in controlling populations

Greg Waite

  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

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

Shiliang Wu

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

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