Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dr. Rajive Ganguli is a Professor of Mining Engineering, and Director, Mineral Industry Research Laboratory, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has three degrees in mining engineering, bachelor’s from Osmania University, India (1991), master’s from Virginia Tech (1995) and doctoral from the University of Kentucky (1999). He has worked as a mining engineer in two countries, in a surface copper mine in India (Hindustan Copper Limited), and an underground coal mine (Jim Walter Resources), in Alabama, USA. He is also a registered mine foreman (Alabama), and a registered professional engineer (mining; Alaska). Dr. Ganguli also consults with the mining industry through his company Opti-mine.
Dr. Ganguli is currently leading multiple projects including assisting Teck Red Dog mine, Alaska, with mineral processing and water related issues, developing training opportunities for mining industry workforce (a $8.1 million US Department of Labor grant), and developing computational techniques for mine monitoring (Sumitomo Metal Mining). His previous research projects involved Erdenet copper mine (Mongolia), Peabody Coal (Colorado) and Ucore’s Bokan Mountain rare earth mine (Alaska).
Dr. Ganguli is the lead architect of the Mining Engineering Research Endowment, a fund created in 2010 by Kinross Corporation to support graduate students in mining engineering. The fund, supported substantially by Sumitomo Metal Mining and Kinross, now stands at over $4M, and supports several students annually. Through Opti-mine, he has assisted the industry in various projects including production simulation, reporting tools, mine design, and algorithm development.
Dr. Ganguli is a member of the editorial board of “Mining Engineering”, the flagship journal of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc (SME). He has authored two chapters in the 2011 edition of the SME Mining Engineering Handbook (“Systems Engineering”, “Mine Monitoring, Communications and Control”), a massive tome that is published about once every 20-25 years.
Dr. Ganguli was inducted into the Alaska Innovator’s Hall of Fame in 2017 for the development of the mill simulator. His other awards include the 2005 Flame Safety Lamp award (awarded in the State of Alabama to the top mine foreman), 2004 Robert Peele from SME award for his paper and “Rock Star of Alaska Mining” award by Alaska Miners Association (2014).