Virginia Tech's Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate faculty are widely recognized for their expertise and pioneering research in areas such as clean coal technology, tomography, gas monitoring and detection, exhaust and jet fan design, and environmental engineering. Graduate students enjoy strong mentorship from our dedicated faculty, who emphasize scholarly publication, cutting-edge research, and the development of educational and classroom skills.

Graduate Committee

Kray Luxbacher

Kray Luxbacher

Professor, Associate Department Head
Graduate Program Chair

B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002 
M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2005 
Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2008

 

Jerry Luttrell

Gerald H. Luttrell

National Academy of Engineering
Massey Professor
Graduate Committee Member

B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1980
M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1982
Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1986

 

Ellen Gilliland

Ellen Gilliland

Assistant Professor
Graduate Committee Member

B.S. Geophysics, University of Oklahoma, 2006
M.S. Geosciences, Virginia Tech, 2009
Ph.D. Mining Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2016

 

Bahareh Nojabaei

Bahareh Nojabaei

Assistant Professor
Graduate Committee Member

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2006
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion), Amirkabir University of Technology, 2009
Ph.D. Energy and Mineral Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2015