Chad Williams

Assistant Director, Geotechnical Center of Excellence

Chad Williams is Assistant Director of the Geotechnical Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mining and Minerals Engineering and a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Chad worked for Rio Tinto at the Bingham Canyon Mine for over six years in a variety of engineering, geotechnical, and supervisory positions.

Chad played an important supervisory role on the remediation team that utilized remote controlled equipment that was required to remediate the massive landslide in 2013.  After the mine fully recovered, Chad moved to a team that was responsible for re-analyzing the mine’s extensive geotechnical studies.  Chad was eventually promoted to Acting Manager of the study and was responsible for the $17 million budget for a large multi-disciplinary team that included geotechnical engineers, hydro-geologists, geologists and mining engineers as well as four different geotechnical and hydrology consulting firms.

In his last position, Chad was the Geotechnical Superintendent for the Bingham Canyon Mine where he managed a team of 14 professionals and multiple consulting firms.  Under Chad’s leadership, the team implemented new monitoring systems, safely managed pit slopes utilizing an observation mining approach and developed rigorous geotechnical trigger; action; and response plans.  The team was also on the forefront of implementing and developing new technologies in the areas of drones, optical zoom cameras, and rock fall prevention and mitigation.