Mining Engineering

Faculty

Chris Roos

Chris Roos

Assistant Professor
Stan and Joyce Lesar Professorship
Goldcorp Professor of Mining Engineering
Mining & Geology Building (MG) 115
406-496-4624
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Biography

Mr. Roos is very passionate about mining, especially mine planning, and considers it a privilege to pass that passion along to future generations of mining engineers. Mr. Roos currently teaches courses related to surface mine design and planning, mine surveying, proper selection of mining methods, and Engineering Economics. He also works to ensure the students at Montana Tech have access to the most current mine planning software and techniques. Mr. Roos is currently serving as the faculty advisor for the Intercollegiate Mining Team and has contributed to the advancement of the Underground Mine Education Center.


Research Interests

  • Mine scheduling, optimization, and pit limit definition
  • Geometallurgical uncertainty and risk modeling
  • Open pit/underground interaction and transition
  • Ore control and mine operations
  • Equipment selection, operation, and cost modeling
  • Simulation

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2011 Robert Peele Memorial Award from the Mining & Exploration Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.
  • Recipient of the 2015 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration PhD Fellowship

Career in Brief

  • Assistant Professor—Mining Engineering Department, Montana Tech (2014-Present)
  • Consulting Mine Engineer—Roos Mining Consulting, LLC (2013-Present)
  • Senior Mine Engineer—Technical Services, Newmont Mining Corporation (2011-2013)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor—Mining Engineering Department, Montana Tech (2010-2011)
  • Mine Engineer—Round Mountain Gold Corporation (Kinross Gold Corp.) (2008-2010)

Courses Taught

  • Surface Mine Planning, Scheduling and Optimization
  • Mine Planning Systems and Software
  • Mine Surveying
  • Mining Methods
  • Engineering Economics

Selected Publications

Roos, C.J., P.W. Conrad, & S.D. Rosenthal, “Estimating Excavator Teeth Consumption Rates”

  • Peer reviewed and published in Mining Engineering, August 2010
  • Publishable Paper Defense, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Spring 2008
  • Technical Presentation (Roos), Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Annual Meeting 2009
  • Recipient of the 2011 Robert Peele Memorial Award from the Mining & Exploration Division of SME. This award is for the best paper related to M&E published in an SME publication within a two-year period.

Jewbali, A., T. Elenbaas, & C. Roos, “What Happened to My Gold? Questions to Ask Your Modeler”

  • Technical Presentation (Jewbali), Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Annual Meeting 2013
  • Peer reviewed and published in Mining Engineering, August 2015

Roos, C., “Embrace the Unknown: Stop saying “It’s too hard” and start embracing uncertainty in your mine plans”

  • Abstract Submitted and Accepted for Technical Presentation/Preprint, 2017 SME Annual Meeting

Drake, M., C. Roos, P. Conrad, & T. Stack, “Evaluation & Selection of Novel Surveying Systems for use in Surface Coal Mining”

  • Abstract Submitted and Accepted for Technical Presentation/Preprint, 2017 SME Annual Meeting

Gunderson, C., C. Roos, S. Rosenthal, & T. Bush, “Evaluation of HAULSIM as a Practical Tool in the Mine Planning Process”

  • Abstract Submitted and Accepted for Technical Presentation/Preprint, 2017 SME Annual Meeting