COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Norbert H. Maerz, Ph.D., P.Eng.,
Director of the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center,
Coordinator of the Geotechnics Online Certificate and Master's Program
Professor of Geological Engineering
Dr. Norbert H. Maerz received his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1990. He came to the Geological Engineering Program, Missouri University of Science and Technology after 10 years of working as a consultant. He is also the past president of WipWare Inc, a company selling image analysis software to the mining and materials handling industries. He has extensive consulting experience in the field of geotechnical engineering and physical hydrogeology.  In addition, he has been an active researcher in the field of rock engineering and methods of rock characterization.  He is experienced in the field of instrumentation and automated digital data acquisition, reduction, display, and analysis.  His areas of interest include rock mass classification, rock engineering, slope stability, joint genesis, and computer applications and image processing in geological engineering.  Recent research activites consist of applying sub-mm LIDAR scanning techiques to geotechnical and mining safety applications.
 
Leslie Gertsch, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor of Geological Engineering,
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering
Dr. Gertsch's PhD is in Mining Engineering, from Colorado School of Mines (1989). After working at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, she joined the Excavation Engineering and Earth Mechanics Institute of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), researching rock excavation, and the CSM academic faculty, teaching rock mechanics, statics, dynamics, and instrumentation. While at CSM she was the Director of the CSM Center for Space Mining. After teaching mining engineering at Michigan Technological University, since January 2003 she has been at Missouri S&T, dividing her time between teaching geological engineering and doing research at the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center. Particular research interests currently include innovative rock fragmentation as well as excavation and mining on the Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets, and anywhere else we need raw materials.
 
J. David Rogers, Ph.D., P. E., R.G.,
Professor of Geological Engineering, Hasselman Chair in Geological Engineering  
Dr. Rogers received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.  He founded two consulting firms in geological and geotechnical engineering, which operated in the San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas between 1984-2001.  Prior to affiliating with Missouri S&T, he was on the faculty of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at U.C. Berkeley from 1994-2001.  His areas of interest include assessment of natural hazards, such as landslides, rockslides, debris flow, ground settlement, ground shaking, liquefaction, flooding, and volcanic eruptions.  He is most recognized for his work in forensic evaluations of dam and levee failures.
 
Neil Anderson, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Professor of Geological Engineering
Dr. Neil Anderson is a Professor of Geological Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Prior to accepting his current position, Neil worked for ten years in the oil and gas industry and for four years at the Kansas Geological Survey.  Neil’s primary interest is using geophysical technologies to support site characterizations (geotechnical, structural, bridge deck, pavements, geohydrological, archeological, utility and UST detection, etc.).  Recent projects involve the acquisition, processing and interpretation of reflection seismic, refraction seismic, surface wave, electrical resistivity tomography, self-potential, ground penetrating radar, magnetic, ground conductivity, metal detector, echo sounding, side-scan sonar and subbottom profiling data for a variety of clients including coal mining companies, geotechnical firms, and several State Departments of Transportation.
 
Paul N. Worsey, Ph.D., Eur. Ing.,
Professor of Mining Engineering
Dr. Worsey holds a MS in Rock Mechanics & Excavation Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering.  He has over 20 years of experience in the application of explosives for rock excavation both in the US and internationally.  In addition to teaching explosives classes at the Missouri University of Science and Technology he also coordinates and teaches blasting and explosives-related short courses for individual professionals, mining companies, and the defense industry throughout the world.  He is the current examiner for the State of Missouri Blasters Certification.  His areas of expertise include explosives engineering and rock mechanics.