Andrew Schissler


Phone: 720.635.1878

Office: BB 235



2011- Present: Colorado School of Mines Mining Engineering Department, Adjunct Professor
Courses include:
MNGN 414- Mine Plant Design
MNGN 316- Coal Mine Design (2001-2002)
MNGN 598- Equipment Economics, Maintenance, and Automation (planned 2015)

2003-2006: Penn State University
Mining Engineering Department, Assistant Professor (tenure track)
Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in mining engineering; energy, business, and finance; safety

Mine Economics, Feasibility and Valuation integrating risk and options
Rock Mechanics in high stress environments
Mine productivity, safety, and cost control utilizing process improvement
Mine equipment maintenance to lengthen component life


  • Blasting Technique to Frack Rock for Shale Oil Production.  2013.  Principal Investigator: Andrew SchissleR
  • Optimization of Bit Forces for Soft Minerals.  Private clients utilized CSM EMI for investigations.  Principal Investigators: Andrew Schissler, Brian Asbury.
  • Keystone Summit on Mining Performance Conference Series.  Occured 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 (planned).  Co-founder and Co-director.

Principal, Schissler Engineering LLC, 2001 to present
Adjunct Professor, Colorado School Mines, 2011 to present (part-time position)
PE Exam Coordinator, SME, 2011 to present (part-time position)
Global Lead: Mining Engineering, Ausenco, 2014

Global Lead: Rock Mechanics, Mining Engineering, Economics, 2013
Operations Manager / Principal Engineer, Ausenco, 2013
Project Manager / Principal Engineer, Tetra Tech, 2009 to 2013
Executive Vice President, West Hawk Development, 2008
Engineering Manager, Intrepid Potash, 2006 to 2008
Assistant Professor, Penn State University, 2003 to 2006
Ventilation Engineer, Mine Safety Health Administration, 2002 to 2003
Instructor, Colorado School of Mines, 2001
Vice President, Stolar Horizon, 2000
Manager Technical Services, Cyprus Amax Minerals Corp., 1980 to 2000
Senior Mining Engineer, Southern Utah Fuel Company, 1977 to 1979
Mining Engineer, Consolidated Coal Company, 1975 to 1977
Miner, Newmont Mining Company, 1974

Founding Registered Member, Society of Mining Engineers, Qualified Person worldwide reports
Licensed Professional Engineer: Colorado, Utah
Certified Underground Coal Mine Foreman: Colorado, Utah, West Virginia

Exploration drilling and design
Sampling methods
Resource and reserve estimation
Mine feasibility and valuation
Mine development, project management
Mine design
Rock mechanics
Material handling
Mine operations
Mine maintenance programs
Business process improvement applied to mining
Oil & gas well design
Mine reclamation
Mine closure
Environmental engineering


Ge, M., Schissler A., Wang, H., and R. Ramani. “Measuring Pillar Width in Trona Mines Using a Body Wave Based In-seam Seismic Technique.” International Journal of rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences, Vol. 53, 2012, pp. 10-17.

Schissler, A.P., Campbell, G., and J. McAra. “Innovation in Rock Mechanics: Iced Tailings as Structural Backfill for the Citronen Mine, Ironbark Zinc Ltd., Greenland.” In Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Ground Control in Mining, Morgantown, WV.

Schissler, A. and P. Fordham.  “Formalized Application of Business Process Improvement Tool to Mining.”  CIM Magazine, Montreal, Vol.  2, No.  9, February 2007, pp.  26-29.

Dessureault, S., Schissler, A.  “Challenges to Overcome in Applying Information Technology in the Mining Industry.”  CIM Magazine, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Montreal, April 2006.

Kecojevic, V., Willis, D., Wilkinson, W., and A.P. Schissler.  “Computer Mapping of Faults in Coal Mining.”  Elsevier Science, International Journal of Coal Geology 64, 2005, 79-84.

Schissler, A.  “Methods of Coal Mining and Design.”  The Encyclopedia of Energy, Volume 1, Cutler J. Cleveland Editor-in-Chief, Elsevier Inc., Kidlington, Oxford, March, 2004, pp.  485-494.

Schissler, A., Badr, S., Salamon, M., and U. Ozbay.  “Yield Pillar Design at Depth Based on Review of Case Histories.”  Transactions Volume 316, 2004, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc., Littleton, CO, p.  8.

Schissler, A., Badr, S., Salamon, M., and U. Ozbay.  “Yield Pillar Design at Depth Based on Review of Case Histories.”  Transactions Volume 316, 2004, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc., Littleton, CO, p.  8.



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