Congratulations to the Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences (GMES) faculty members promoted in the 2020-21 academic year!
Dr. Gregory Waite, Associate Professor, was promoted to the rank of full Professor. Dr. Waite is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in seismology with particular emphasis on studies of fluid processes and modeling of volcano seismic and infrasound signals. Dr. Waite and his students conduct studies of active volcanic processes using field data, laboratory analog experiments, and computer modeling. This research is critical to monitoring and forecasting volcanic eruptions. Dr. Waite actively collaborates with scientists from Central and South America, Europe, and Japan. He has published many peer-reviewed articles in top-tier international journals. Dr. Waite is the recipient of a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award and has secured additional grants from NSF and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Dr. Nathan Manser, Lecturer, was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer. Dr. Manser provides vital contributions to GMES teaching and advising activities, including his instrumental role in the success of our newly reinstated program in Mining Engineering. He has substantial teaching and advising experience as well as extensive experience in the mining industry. He has published several peer-reviewed papers in environmental and mining engineering. Dr. Manser is a dedicated and effective instructor and adviser as well as an impactful and trusted mentor. Dr. Manser serves as the academic advisor for Mining Engineering and the Chair of the Mining Engineering Curriculum Committee. He also serves as faculty advisor for several student organizations, including the GMES Chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the SME/NSSGA Student Design Team.
Both promotions were approved at Michigan Tech’s Board of Trustees meeting on April 30 and will be effective on August 16, 2021.