Geotechnical Center of Excellence

New and Larger Risks

Because the operations are larger and often closer to communities, the impact of geotechnical failure can be devastating and measured in the number of lives lost, costs in billions of dollars, square miles of environmental damage and loss of reputation for individual companies and the industry as a whole.


Mining has been changing at a faster pace than ever before because of the increasing demand for the materials we produce, and the speed of technological advances, as well as the quickly evolving social priorities around safety, the environment, and social license to operate. Mining companies now mine deeper, faster, and closer to communities than ever before.

The Geotechnical Center of Excellence is a stakeholder-led organization, working across the University of Arizona, the mining industry and other institutions to:

• develop innovative geotechnical solutions;
• deliver graduates from multiple disciplines prepared to work in the geotechnical field;
• provide critical professional development training.


Bringing Solutions

Professional Development

  • Free content
  • Online classes
  • Certificate courses
  • Workshops
  • Symposiums


  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • Majors
  • Multi-use of content
  • Scholarships

Innovative Research

  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Leveraged
  • Applied Research
  • Basic Research
  • Central repository of knowledge

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Contact Us

Brad Ross, Ph.D.,

Director, Geotechnical Center of Excellence, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.

Professor of Practice, Mining Engineering

(520) 827-9649


Become a Member

Memberships are available with varying levels of benefits. Visit our website to learn more!

  • Board Level Partner
  • Leadership
  • General
  • Associate
  • Technical Advisor

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