We are extremely proud of the MDEng team of experts. MDEng personnel bring an exceptional level of skill and experience to your projects. Each individual has been hand-picked from industry and academia because our clients deserve to be served by the best. MDEng recognizes the industry wide shortage of personnel with high level of expertise in rock engineering.
|Will Bawden, Ph.D., P.Eng.|
Dr. W. F. Bawden has over 40 years of experience in geotechnics and geomechanical engineering in the mining and civil engineering fields. Dr. Bawden has particular expertise in ground characterization, derivation of rock engineering constitutive parameters, the design of underground excavations and their support systems including pillar design, stope dimensioning and sequencing, all aspects of ground support design, rockburst analysis and dynamic support design and numerical analysis.
|Peter Lausch, M.Sc., P.Eng.|
Mr. P. Lausch has over 25 years experience in laboratory and field rock engineering testing and instrumentation. Mr. Lausch has an extremely high level of experience in field instrumentation and its interpretation and is well known for his dedication to client service.
|Kathy Kalenchuk, Ph.D., P.Eng.|
Dr. K.S. Kalenchuk offers expertise in geomechanics. She is an expert in high-end numerical modelling, with particular skills in developing calibrated models capable of reproducing rockmass behaviour as observed through field studies and monitoring instrumentation.
|Ben Thompson, Ph.D.|
Dr. B. Thompson offers world-leading expertise in geotechnical instrumentation and seismic and microseismic analysis.
|Colin Hume, M.Sc.|
Mr. Hume’s formal training in rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering combined with practical geological and geotechnical field experience have made him a talented geomechanics specialist.
|Cortney Palleske, M.Sc., EIT|
Ms. Cortney Palleske has a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and 7 years of practical experience in geomechanics consulting. She has expertise in geotechnical site characterization, support recommendation and hazard mitigation for a range of projects including slopes, foundations, tunnels, and underground mining applications…
|Luis Mejia, Ph.D.|
Dr. L. A. Mejia graduated in Geological Engineering from the National University of Engineering (Peru) and holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He has work experience as a geomechanical engineer and researcher focused on rock mechanics and numerical modeling.
|Jeffrey Oke, Ph.D., EIT|
Dr. J.D. Oke offers expertise in underground support design. He has experience with 3D numerical modelling, and particular skills pertaining to developing calibrated models capable of reproducing support – rockmass interactions and overall ground response.
|Anna Perry, M.Sc., PE|
Ms. Anna Perry brings 5 years of industry experience and a Master’s degree in mining geomechanics to the Mine Design team. She has extensive hands-on experience with geotechnical data collection, shotcrete and backfill mix optimization, assessment of ground support, and ground control in weak/altered rock masses.
|Athena Pirayehgar, Ph.D.|
Dr. Athena Pirayehgar is a highly motivated Geomechanics Engineer with over seven years of experience in the Energy industry. As a geomechanics specialist, she conducted numerical modeling and simulations in geomechanics along with microseismic evaluations.
|Michael Neumann, P.Eng.|
Mike Neumann, P. Eng. brings a wealth of practical mining experience to the MDEng team, having spent more than 40 years working at mines, on research projects and consulting.
|Kathryn Kitney, M.Sc., P.Eng|
Ms. Kathryn Kitney has a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and 9 years of practical experience in consulting. She brings with her experience in field work, reporting, and managing project schedules, staffing, and budgets on various short term and multi-year consulting projects.