Dr. John Sturgul is recognized as the world's leading authority on mine design using modern computer simulation models. He has designed more mines world-wide using modern simulation techniques than any other person.
He is on the planning committee for nearly all international mining conferences, and he serves as the co-editor of the International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal Mineral Resources Engineering. He has published extensively on the subject of Mine Design and has written several manuals for his short courses; he has published more than 250 technical papers. He has lectured, consulted, presented short course, etc. in more than 50 countries.
John held faculty appointments at the University of Arizona; he was Head of the Mining Engineering Departments at both New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and he also held a faculty member at the University of Idaho. To date, John has received the following awards: Outstanding Professor at the University of Idaho; the first award to be presented at the Mine Planning and Equipment Selection International Symposium in Athens Greece; the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation of Operations Research and Management Society; awards from the Society for Computer Simulation International; and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Petrosani, Romania. He has been nominated to the very prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He is currently Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide-Australia (1/2 time). He visits the University of Nevada, Reno at least two times a year.
Danny Taylor is the PI of the MSOS Lab's research projects. He is also an Associate Professor of the UNR Mining Engineering Department. He has many years of consulting experience in the area of exploration analysis, mining operations, plant design and economic feasibility. He has prepared over twenty major reports for the mining industry and government clients.
Danny has presented and published twenty eight papers in the field of operations research, mining operations, exploration analysis, and project economics. In addition, he served as expert witness in over twenty legal cases involving mining properties and operations. He is qualified as an expert in the field of mining operations and economics in state and federal district courts.
Ebrahim K. Tarshizi is the founder and director of the MSOS Lab in the Mining Engineering Department at University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Geo-Engineering and a Master's candidate in MBA at UNR.
Ebrahim received his first master's degree in Mining Engineering with a graduate minor in Business Administration from UNR. He also earned his bachelor's degree in Mining-Exploration Engineering in 2004, Iran. His current research broadly focuses on mine systems optimization using simulation and animation methods. Ebrahim has received the award for Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Mining Engineering from the UNR Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering in 2013.
He has been working with Dr. John Sturgul in this area of research since 2008.
Virginia Ibarra is a graduate student working on her master's in Mining Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also a member of the MSOS Lab and conducting research on mine system simulation and animation.
Virginia received her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2000 from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has 12 years of work experience in residential and commercial land development in the Reno-Sparks area.