Dr. Hugh Miller



Phone: 303.273.3558

Office: BB 239

Email: hbmiller@mines.edu 

Academic Appointment & Responsibilities

2005 - Present: Colorado School of Mines, Department of Mining Engineering
Associate Professor

Responsibilities include the education, mentoring, and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students, the pursuit of research activities, and performing service contributions both internal and external to CSM. Current research activities include occupational health & safety, artesianal mining in the developing World, mining systems & equipment technology, hydraulic excavation, and waterjet technology.

2001 - 2005: International Center for Mine Health, Safety & Environment

This Center represents a unique collaboration between academic units in mining, public health, and environmental & earth sciences, in conjunction with select federal and state agencies, international aid organizations, foreign universities, and several industry partners. The objective of this group is to promote creative, fiscally responsible, and sustainable improvement in the health and welfare of miners and mining communities in developing countries. Current projects included activities in Sub-Saharan Africa, Philippines, and the Guyana Shield ( South America).

1999 - 2005: University of Arizona , Dept. of Mining and Geological Engineering
Assistant Professor

The responsibilities associated with this position are exceptionally broad and include the education, mentoring, and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students, research and the pursuit of scholarly works, and service contributions both internal and external to the University. Current teaching activities include undergraduate and graduate courses in Mine Health & Safety, Mine Examination/Valuation, Mine Unit Operations, and Mine Design. Areas of research include hydraulic mining and waterjet technology, excavation systems, and occupational mine health and safety .

1999 - 2005: MGE San Xavier Mining Laboratory
Director & Faculty Advisor

Responsibilities include oversight of all activities conducted at the facility, including undergraduate education, research, community outreach & tours, professional development/training, regulatory compliance, financial and personnel management, and site administration. The facility is a Mine Rescue Training Facility for the State of Arizona, home of the Laborers AGC Underground Tunnel Training Program, and is recognized by federal and state regulatory authorities as a designated training facility.

Current Research

  1. Western Mining Safety Program.  Co-Principal Investigators: Janet Torma-Krajewski and Hugh Miller.  Sponsored by: CDC NIOSH.  September 2014- September 2017.
  2. Cooperative Activities in Natural Resource and Mining Sectors in Afghanistan.  Principal Investigator: Hugh Miller.  Sponsored by: USGS International Program.  September 2012- September 2014.
  3. The Development of a Remote Controlled Waterjet Slotting System for Underground Stoping.  Principal Investigator: Hugh Miller.  Co-Principal Investigators: Brian Asbury (CSM) and Larry Clark.  Sponsored by: Newmont USA (CIERSE). 

Professional Experience

1997 - Present:
Consulting Services

2001 - 2005: Landmark Cast Stone, Inc.

2001 - 2005: Arizona Mine Emergency Association
Board Member (2001-2005) & Officer (2003-2005)

1996 - 2000: Hydroblaster Industries, Inc.
Director & Senior Partner

1996 - 1999: IET Jet Technology, Inc.
Director of Operations & Project Manager

1994 - 1999: IET Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
Director & Associate Partner

1990 - 1996: International Engineering Technology, Inc.
Project Engineer

1983 – 1993:
Was employed by the following Mining and Resource Companies in varying capacities, ranging from a consulting engineer to a full-time employee:

Sovereign Gold Company, Ltd.
Consulting Mining Engineer

San Juan Minerals, Ltd.
Associate Mining Engineer

TVX Mineral Hill Mine
Consulting Mining Engineer

CR-VCM Joint Venture, Inc.
Mine Superintendent

Virginia Canyon Mining Co.
Mining Engineer

CSM Edgar Mine
Graduate Student Mine Foreman

Hecla Mining Co.
Summer Employment

Two Brothers Mining Co.
Summer & Part-time Employment

Petty Ray/Geosource Inc.
Summer Employment

Asamera Mining Co.
Summer Employment

Professional Certifications

Federally Certified (MSHA) Underground Safety Instructor

BATF Explosives Licensee: Responsible Party & Possessor Designation

Blaster and Explosives Handler Training Certificate

Underground MSHA Safety Certificate


Colorado School of Mines
Ph.D. Mining Engineering, 1996
Minor Degree: Environmental Science and Engineering Ecology
Academic Emphasis: Waterjet & Mechanical Excavation Systems

M.Sc. Mining Engineering, 1991
Academic Emphasis: Hard Rock Mine Design and Project Evaluation/Feasibility

B.Sc. Geophysical Engineering, 1986
Academic Emphasis: Mineral Exploration and Mining Engineering

Honors & Awards (2000 to Present)

UA, COEM, Excellence Award for Student Interface, May 2005

UA, COEM, Excellence Award for Student Interface, May 2004

UA Foundation, Sherrill Creative Teaching Award Nominee, December 2003

UA, COEM, Excellence Award for Student Interface, May 2003

Meritorious Service Award, Arizona State Mine Inspectors Office, October 2002

UA, COEM, Excellence Award for Student Interface, May 2002

UA, COEM, Excellence Award for Student Interface, May, 2001

UA, COEM, Excellence Award for Student Interface, May, 2000

Service to Professional Societies & Organizations (2005/2006)

Arizona Mine Emergency Association, Board Member (2001-2005)

Arizona Mine Emergency Association, Vice-President (2004/2005)

Northwest Mining Association, Student Advisor (2000-2005)

SME M&E Division, Executive Committee Member (2004-2007)

SME M&E, Incoming Vice-Chair Publications (2005)

SME Accreditation & Curricular Issues Committee (2003-2007)

SME M&E Division, Nominating Committee Member (2004-2005)

SME Saunders Gold Metal Award Incoming Committee Chair (2006)

SME Saunders Gold Metal Award Committee Member (2002-2006)

SME Jackling Awards Committee Member (2003-2005)

SME Research Council, Committee Member (2002-2005)

SME Information Publishing Committee, Committee Member (2002-2005)

Waterjet Technology Association, Board Member (2005-2007)

Waterjet Technology Association, Safety Committee Member (2003-2005)

Current Professional Organization Memberships (2005/2006)

Mining & Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA)

Northwest Mining Association (NWMA)

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME)

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., Tucson Section

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., U of A Student Chapter

Water Jet Technology Association (WJTA)

Professional Publications, Presentations & Short-courses

Author of 18 technical publications, 4 technical manuals, 1 book chapter, and 2 theses. Presenter of 25 technical meetings/conferences, 7 technical short-courses, and 20+ training modules. Most of these works have focused on issues related to occupational health & safety, mine operations, and waterjet technology.

Research and Related Activities

Have actively participated in 28 public and privately sponsored research and/or development programs related to mining, occupational health & safety, and waterjet technology. Participation varied from program management to principle investigator. Current activities include applied research into mine operations, waterjet technology, occupational safety & industrial hygiene, and international mining issues.

Current Grants, Contracts, and Research (2005/2006)

2005-2008 CoPI, Underground Rock Scaling with Waterjets, NIOSH

*PI, Controlled Blasting Methodologies and Blasting Gas Exposure Assessment, NIOSH
*CoPI, International Evaluation of Injury Rates: A Comparison of Risk and Compliance Based Regulatory Approaches, NIOSH
*PI, Waterjet Removal of Casting Residues from Large Diameter
*Telescope Mirrors, Steward Observatory, Mirror Manufacturing Laboratory

2001-2006 CoPI, Occupational Health & Safety Research and Training in Sub-

Saharan Africa, NIH Fogarty International Program.

2000-2005 Contract Administrator, New Miner Underground Tunnel Training

Program, Laborers AGC, San Xavier Mining Laboratory, U. of Arizona

2004-2005 PI, An Engineering and Safety Analysis of Potential Remediation Strategies Associated with the Marinduque Mine Waste Disaster, Philippines Govt.

2003-2005 PI, Using Acoustic Fluid Signatures to Remotely Delineate Nozzle Wear in Automated Waterjet Systems, Private Sponsor

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