Faculty and Staff

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Faculty and Staff


Academic Faculty

Christopher Bellona, Assistant Professor, PhD, Colorado School of Mines. Technologies for water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, and remediation. Use of fundamental concepts to understand the behavior of large treatment systems.

Tzahi Y. Cath, Ben L. Fryrear Professor, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno. Membrane processes for seawater and brackish water desalination and for wastewater reclamation and reuse; zero liquid discharge processes for enhancement of water recovery; optimization and energy recovery in water and wastewater treatment processes.

Joe Crocker, Teaching Professor, PhD, P.E., S.E., University of Utah, Engineering Curriculum Development.

Linda A. Figueroa, Professor, PhD, P.E., University of Colorado, Boulder. Microbially mediated radionuclide and metals removal, biotransformation of nitrogen, application of molecular tools, water and waste treatment.

D. V. Griffiths, Professor, PhD, University of Manchester, UK.  Finite element modeling of geotechnical problems across a spectrum ranging from traditional areas of foundations engineering, to oil recovery geomechanics and probabilistic methods.

Andres Guerra, Teaching Associate Professor, PhD, P.E., Colorado School of Mines. Innovative approaches to educate CSM students about civil engineering applications in geotechnical and structural engineering, land development, construction practices, risk assessment, and optimization.

Marte Gutierrez, James R. Paden Chair and Distinguished Professor, PhD, University of Tokyo, Geomechanics (Constitutive modeling, discrete element and particulate modeling, bifurcation and strain localization, poromechanics, and laboratory testing), and Environmental and Energy Sustainability (petroleum geomechanics, CO2 geological sequestration, geothermal energy, underground excavations in rocks, and geohazards).

Reza Hedayat, Assistant Professor, PhD, Purdue University, geomechanics, rock and fracture mechanics, ground-support interaction in tunnels, applied geophysics and wave propagation, multiscale experimental study of soils and rocks, hydraulic fracturing and energy sustainability, and fluid flow in porous and fractured media.

Christopher P. Higgins, Associate Professor, PhD, Stanford University. Environmental organic chemistry; sediment bioaccumulation processes; emerging contaminants with a particular emphasis on perfluorochemicals and other charged organic contaminants; chemical fate and transport in natural and engineered aquatic systems; contaminant bioavailability.

Terri S. Hogue, Department Head and Professor, PhD, Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona. Surface hydrology, catchment response to wildfire, urbanization, climate variability, land-atmosphere interactions, watershed modeling, parameter estimation, remote sensing, field studies, fire impacted water quality, joint sustainability of energy production and water resources.

Jeffrey A. Holley, Teaching Assistant Professor, MS, P.E., Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines. Advancing engineering as a profession by instilling in Mines students the ability to apply solid science and engineering principles in the workspace, particularly in the fields of civil engineering applications, land development, construction practices, risk assessment, and optimization.

Tissa H. Illangasekare, PhD, P.E., P.Hyd., DEE, DWRE, AMAX Distinguished Chair and Professor, Director, Center for the Experimental Study of Subsurface Environmental Processes (CESEP). PhD, Colorado State University. Water flow and fate and transport of chemicals in porous and fractured media; groundwater hydrology; numerical modeling; hazardous waste and groundwater remediation; multiphase flow; operations research; conjunctive management of surface and groundwater; flow in snow; fracture flow and dam safety; intermediate scale testing of chemical transport in subsurface.

Panos Demetrios Kiousis, Associate Professor, PhD, Louisiana State University. High strength concrete, self consolidating concrete, soil structure interaction, dynamic controls, earthquake engineering, constitutive modeling of materials; computational methods and finite elements.

Kristoph Kinzli, Teaching Professor, PhD, Colorado State University. River mechanics, stream rehabilitation, water resources, agricultural water use, fisheries biology, engineering teaching pedagogy and active learning.

Hongyan Liu, Teaching Associate Professor, PhD, Colorado State University. Primary teaching interests are engineering mechanics, structural analysis and design, and engineering materials. Preimary research interests are structural engineering and earthquake engineering.

Ning Lu, Professor, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University. Primary research interest is to seek common threads among basic soil physical phenomena including fluid flow, chemical transport, heat transfer, stress, and deformation. I pursue understanding of these phenomena at fundamental levels, including unifying atomic-scale potentials, inter-particle forces, and engineering-scale stresses in soils.

John McCray, Professor, PhD, University of Arizona; Contaminant hydrology, subsurface remediation, vadose-zone hydrology, subsurface vapor-transport, watershed hydrology, mathematical modeling, soil-based wastewater treatment, fire impacted water quality, joint sustainability of energy production and water resources.

Junko Munakata Marr, Associate Professor, PhD, Stanford University. Biological degradation of organic compounds; microbial communities in groundwater and water treatment systems; application of molecular biology techniques to environmental systems.

Mike Mooney, Grewcock University Endowed Chair and Professor, PhD, P.E., Northwestern University. Director: Center for Underground Construction & Tunneling and SmartGeo. Tunnel design and construction in soil and soil/rock conditions; earth dams and levees; data-driven risk reduction in geotechnical problems; instrumentation and monitoring; geoconstruction. 

Shiling Pei, Assistant Professor, PhD, Colorado State University. Extreme hazard mitigation, structural reliability, modern timber structural systems, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering.

Susan Reynolds, Teaching Professor, MS, University of Illinois. Structural analysis and design, historic preservation technology, and sustainable / integrated design approaches for buildings.

Jonathan O. Sharp, Associate Professor, PhD, University of California at Berkeley. Biotechnological applications towards groundwater remediation and water reuse; bacterial cytochrome-mediated attenuation of organic micropollutants; bioimmobilization of radionuclides and metals; microbial biogeochemistry.

Kamini Singha, Professor, PhD, Stanford University. Groundwater hydrology, solute transport in porous media and fractured rock, hydrogeophysics, groundwater-surface water exchange, numerical modeling and field experimentation.

Kathleen M. Smits, Assistant Professor, PhD, P.E., Water flow and fate and transport of chemicals in porous media; vadose zone hydrology, multiphase flow, land/atmospheric interactions, landmine detection.

John R. Spear, Professor, PhD, Colorado School of Mines. Molecular microbial ecology; environmental microbiology in diverse environments; applied environmental microbiology (e.g., microbial biomass as a source of protein; biofuels); heavy metal and radionuclide bioremediation; application of advanced robotics for sample acquisition; environmental reclamation; environmental policy (land and water); and environmental impact analysis.

Timothy J. Strathmann, Professor, PhD, The Johns Hopkins University. Catalysts and advanced materials for water and energy applications; hydrothermal biomass conversion technologies; wastewater and waste solid valorization; aquatic fate and treatment of contaminants of emerging concern; life cycle analysis-directed design of environmental technologies.

Alexandra Wayllace, Teaching Associate  Professor, PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, Areas of focus include designing and conducting experiments to measure different soil properties for saturated and unsaturated soils.


Department staff

Angela Knighton, Administrative Assistant - aknighto@mines.edu

Kathryn Lowe, Senior Research Associate - klowe@mines.edu

Tim VanHaverbeke, Program Manager & Graduate Coordinator - tvanhave@mines.edu

Jaime Bachmeier, Undergraduate Program Manager -jbachmeier@mines.edu303.273.3860, CH 147


Research Faculty

Andrea Blaine, Research Assistant Professor, PhD, Colorado School of Mines. Plant uptake of emerging contaminants, water sustainability strategies used in energy development, and green infrastructure.

Pragnya L. Eranki, Research Faculty. Life cycle assessment; systems-wide sustainability challenges in renewable energy, bio-products, agriculture and other industrial sectors.

Lee Landkamer

Gary Vanzin, Research Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Connecticut. Environmental microbiology of wastewater and deep subsurface environments. Oil and gas microbiology. Microbial community bioinformatics.


Emeritus Faculty

Ronald R. H. Cohen, Emeritus Associate Professor, PhD, Virginia. Limnology; wetlands treatment of mine wastes; mining and land use; treatment systems for produced waters from petroleum operations; environmental site characterization and risk assessment.

Robert L. Siegrist, PhD, P.E., BCEE. Professor and University Professor Emeritus. PhD University of Wisconsin. Environmental characterization and risk assessment; In situ remediation of contaminated land; Onsite and decentralized wastewater reclamation and water reuse.

Candace Sulzbach, Teaching Professor, BS, Colorado School of Mines.


Adjunct Faculty

Paul Queneau, Adjunct Professor, PhD, P.E., University of Minnesota. Recycling and waste minimization; hazardous waste management.

Paddy Ryan, Adjunct Associate Professor, PhD, University of Canterbury, Environmental Biology, Aquatic Biology, Nature Photography, Marine Ecology.


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