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Richard Bishop

Professor of practice
  • Advisory board member

Current and past research

  • Autonomous drones in GPS-denied underground mine environments
  • Drone-based emissions surveys
  • Rare earth elements and critical minerals
  • Mine digitization using photogrammetry & lidar
  • Mining finance
  • Econometrics and big data analytics
  • Mineral processing
  • Slurry transport systems
  • Development of virtual mine environments for VR and AR

Active research projects

Research group | Google Scholar


  • MINE 1034 Mine Automation and Data Analytics
  • MINE 2534 Mine Surveying and Mapping
  • MINE 4664 Resource Engineering Leadership Seminar
  • MINE 5984 Mineral Project Finance and Corporate Evaluation

Awards and recognitions

Professional affiliations and service

  • Chair, SME Coal & Energy REE & Critical Minerals Technical Sessions (2022-2024) (SME)
  • Mining History Association (MHA)
  • American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
  • International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE)
  • National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA)
  • West Virginia Coal Mining Institute (WVCMI)
  • Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)
  • Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)
  • Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM)
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)
  • Society of Mining Professors (SOMP)
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • Past chairman, SME Young Leaders Committee
  • Past chairman, Florida Section, SME
  • Conference Chair, SME Annual Phosphate Conference, Florida
  • Advisory board member, Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Tech

Past industry positions

  • Project manager, Harrison Western
  • Mining/process engineer and operations supervisor, The Mosaic Company
  • Vice President of Investments, Aberdeen International
  • Precious metals equity research analyst, RBC Capital Markets
  • Corporate board member, Portex Minerals
  • President and chief executive officer, Legacy Platinum, South Africa
  • Founding president and chief executive officer, Ferro Iron Ore, Mongolia