Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, May 1997
MSc. in Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, Dec. 1991
B.Sc. in Mining Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, Sept. 1987
July 2016 to present — Department of Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Associate Professor, Hadden/Alacer Gold Endowed Chair, Director of Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute (EMI), Golden, Colorado
2007–2016 — Pennsylvania State University, Dept. of Energy and Mineral Engineering, State College, PA
2005–2007 — Camp Dresser McKee (CDM), Senior Tunnel/Geotechnical Engineer. GTS Division, Northeast Region, Annandale, VA
2003–2004 — Jenny Engineering Co., Senior Tunnel Design Engineer, Part time Associate, Springfield, NJ
2002–2005 — C4i Horizons LLC., Principal, Consulting in mining, tunneling, and underground construction, Rockville, MD
1999–2002 — University of Tehran, Department of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tehran, Iran, Assistant Professor
1997–1999 — Colorado School of Mines, Department of Mining Engineering, Research Assistant Professor, Deputy Director of Earth Mechanics Institute, Golden, Colorado
1990–1997 — Colorado School of Mines, Department of Mining Engineering, Senior Research Assistant, Earth Mechanics Institute, Golden, Colorado
Member of SME, ASCE, ARMA, ISRM, ISEE. 2013 chair of PE exam committee and member Structure and Governance Strategic Committee of SME 2011–2014, and currently in Education committee.
Editor of Tunneling and Underground Space Technology (Elsevier) journal
Editorial Board of Mining Engineering (SME) journal
Area of specialty is rock mechanics, rock fragmentation, mechanical rock excavation, tunneling, and rock drilling.
Over 26 years of combined design, management, research, and teaching in the field of mining, tunneling, civil infrastructure, and underground construction. This includes advanced and mechanized tunneling, microtunneling, directional drilling, and mining systems used around the world. Projects varying from feasibility study to design, execution, and post construction analysis in tunneling and mining coal, industrial Minerals, and underground hard rock. Experience in project management, planning and execution of geotechnical investigations, procuring of mining and tunneling equipment, cost estimation, bid preparation, and feasibility analysis for mining and underground construction projects. Active participation in several tunneling projects in various capacities.
Over 140 papers/presentations including 50 peer reviewed journal papers. Over 40 technical reports.