Advanced Explosives Processing Research Group

Advanced Explosives Processing Research Group

AXPRO was established with the encouragement of industrial partners to emphasize the unique strength in undergraduate and graduate engineering education at the CSM The group has grown to currently employ five full-time technical staff working to deliver research value to client and partners. This techincal staff also helps to oversee AXPRO's graduate and undergraduate explosive research programs at CSM.

CSM's Department of Mining Engineering established this research group to investigate explosive applications such as rock fragmentation, explosive properties, explosive welding, explosive synthesis, and the effect of explosives on structures and humans. The explosive engineering team recently added Dr. Jonathan Mace from the Physics Department as a faculty member and project manager. The explosives team also collaborates with Dr. Griffiths and Dr. Wang from the College of Engineering on specific projects.

Colorado School of Mines, CSM, is a state engineering university located Golden, Colorado specializing in the engineering and applied science with special expertise in explosive engineering. CSM placed 88th in 2015 US News & World Report “best National University“ ranking. The Mining Engineering Department has become increasingly multidisciplinary, incorporating advanced technologies and new science discoveries. AXPRO, lead by Dr. Vilem Petr, performs applied and fundamental research in explosive engineering, energetic materials, and explosive processing of materials. The research scope is focused on developing practical solutions for unique applications in partnership with industry and government.

Explosives Team

Dr. Vilem Petr - Mining Engineering - Technical Director
Ray Johnson - AXPRO Laboratory Coordinator/ERL Manager, Mining Engineering Department, State and Federally licensed blaster
Dr. Dag Nummedal - Director, Colorado Energy Research Institute, Colorado School of Mines
Dr. Jonathan Mace - CSM Physics Department / Los Alamos - Project Director
Dr. Ruth Doherty - Senior Research Associate, Explosives Technology Center
Bob Lynch - Research Engineer, Mining Engineering Department, State and Federally licensed blaster
John Lipka - Security Advisor and former FBI, Mining Engineering Department, and Director, Security & Field Operational Reviews, Bonanza Creek
Scott Narreau – Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado State Inspector and Program Manager
Dino Bonaldo, II - GS-14, DAF, Director, 721st Civil Engineering Squadron
Vince Auriemma, P.E. - Deputy Public Works Director, City Engineer, City of Golden
Matthew DeMarco, P.E. - Geotechnical Team Leader, FHWA

Metallurgical Team

Dr. Stephen Liu - Metallurgical and Materials Engineering - Technical Director
Dr. Dave Olson - University Professor Emeritus, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Dr. Kester Clarke - Assistant Professor, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Physics Team

Dr. Jeff Squier - Professor and Department Head, Engineering Physics
Dr. Charles Durfee - Professor, Engineering Physics

Chemistry Team

Dr. David Wu - Professor and Department Head, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Shubham Vyas - Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Team

Dr. Gregory Jackson - Professor and Department Head, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Gregory Bogin - Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Project Collaborators/Geotechnical Team

Dr. Graham Mustoe - Division of Engineering
Dr. D.V. Griffiths - Division of Engineering

Graduate Students

Eduardo Lozano – Ph.D Student of Mechanical Engineering
Sarah Hinnegan – M.S. Student of Applied Physics
Brett Carey - Ph.D Student of Explosives Engineering (MS&T)
Sean Hamilton - Ph.D Student of Explosives Engineering (MS&T)

Undergraduate Students

Erika Nieczkoski – B.S. Student of Mining Engineering
Michael Schleicher – B.S. Student of Civil Engineering

Industry Advisors

Steven Beggs - PAE
Richard Hellner - Xcel Energy
Kent Stephens - Lubrizol Corporation
Paul Braithwaite - Obital ATK
Stan Rosinski - Electric Power Research Institute
Kenneth Lee - The Federal Bureau of Investigation
John Banker - Clad Metals Corporation
Damian Murphy - Summit Materials, LLC
Richard Goodridge – ORICA Limited

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