Mining Engineering and Computer Science Interdisciplinary GAANN Program

This interdisciplinary project involves faculty from Mining Engineering and Computer Science programs, and will focus on mine design and production engineering, computational and artificial intelligence, automation and robotics.

GAANN Fellows will develop the basis for the next generation of intelligent, automation and robotic technologies to sustain the future mining and construction industries. They will provide smart, autonomous cyber-physical systems that will replace humans in all unit operations. These areas of research include the following:

  • Environment Pre-Process Modeling
  • Intelligent Machine Dynamics
  • Object Detection and Tracking
  • Road and Environment Tracking and Monitoring
  • Multi-Sensor Suite Data Fusion
  • Trajectory Analytics
  • Intelligent Dynamic Decisions, Planning and Control

program Benefits

  • Financial support that includes a stipend of up to $34,000 per year (determined by FAFSA)
  • Educational allowance up to $15,750 that covers all educational expenses, including tuition and fees and the cost of textbooks and other materials, computer hardware and software, travel expenditures and registration fees for participation in conferences
  • Mentoring by one or more of the GAANN faculty, as well as industry mentors who include successful alumni of previous GAANN programs
  • Supervised teaching experience, which will be preceded by training in effective teaching techniques
  • Opportunities for peer mentoring and community outreach


required application documents

  • Name and email address
  • Official GAANN application
  • Unofficial transcripts (undergraduate and graduate)
  • CV/Resume
  • Description of current or proposed research
  • One-page statement on how a doctoral degree will fit into your future plans


Mining Engineering

Tina Alobaidan
226 McNutt Hall, 1400 N. Bishop Ave
Rolla, MO 65409
573-341-4720 |

Computer Science

Dawn Davis
325 Computer Science Bldg, 500 West 15th Street
Rolla, MO 65409
573-341-6642 |

Ready to apply?

Apply to the doctoral program for Mining Engineering or Computer Science at, and send the required documents and information to your respective department program director/coordinator listed above.

Underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.


The program is open to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have demonstrated financial need (as determined by FAFSA)
  • Are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Are accepted into the regular or direct (i.e. straight from B.S.) Ph.D. program in Mining Engineering or Computer Science
  • Have an excellent academic record
  • Are planning a career in teaching and/or research