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Open-pit Mining and Drilling Technologies

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Thursday, February 3, 2022 4 pm

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ME-EM Graduate Seminar Speaker Series

proudly presents

Steven Ma, PhD

MTU, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


Mining for resources (minerals and non-mineral materials) are in constant demands as the world economy is growing. Open-pit mining is the most widely used technique today as compared with the underground mining. In any of these two mining methods, they all start with drilling and blasting.

Three rock drilling methods, top hammer, down-the-hole, and rotary are presented. Techniques for drilling the right size of hole at the optimum efficiency are discussed.

Applications of utilizing these methods are presented.


Dr. Steven Ma is a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University. He earned his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1991, MS degree in 1986 from Beijing University of Technology and BS degree in 1983 from Beijing Aeronautical & Astronautical University. Prior to joining Michigan Tech in 2018, Steven had been working in the industry for 28 years. He first held an Engineering Manager position at Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions where he led many projects involving mobile drilling equipment design, analysis, test, hydraulics, electrohydraulic control, buckling, welding, and fatigue. Then he worked as a Chief Engineer at Kobelco for its Rubber Mixing Equipment Division. 

Steven is a co-adviser to Michigan Tech Baja Enterprise team and instructor for Vehicle Dynamics, Advanced CAD/CAM, Mechanism Synthesis, and Machine Design.

Areas of Expertise

  • Autonomous Wheeled Vehicles
  • Welding & Fatigue
  • Machine Design
  • Bolted Joints Design
  • Mechanism
  • Buckling
  • Hydraulics and Electro-Hydraulic Control

Invited by: Radheshyam Tewari

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