John Grubb

Professor of Practice, Mining Engineering

John Grubb


  • PhD Mining and Earth Systems Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2008
    Doctoral thesis topic: Preventative measures for spontaneous combustion in underground coal mines
  • M.S. Engineering Administration, University of Tennessee, 1976
  • B.S. Mining Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1969
    Received Old Timer’s Award as outstanding Mining Engineering graduate

Academic and Research Responsibilities

  • Instruct the following courses:
    • MNGN427 Mine Valuation
    • MNGN482 Mine Management
    • MNGN510 Mineral Resource Development
    • MNGN 598 Special Topics – Mine Risk Management
  • Give lectures as requested in Ethics, Leadership, Mine Ventilation, Mine Planning and Operations, Risk Management and other subjects
  • Advisor for research program funded by NIOSH – $1.24 million – 2009 through 2014 – Computational Fluid Dynamic Modeling of Mine Ventilation in Underground Mines

Current Research Projects

  • Methane Explosion Modeling and Prevention in Longwall Gobs.  Funded by: NIOSH.  Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Jurgen Brune (CSM), Dr. Gregory Bogin (CSM), and Dr. John Grubb (CSM).
  • Preventative Measures for Spontaneous Combustion in Underground Coal Mines.  Self Funded.  Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Basil Beamish (formerly of Queensland University) and companies undertaking preventative programs.
  • Technical Assistance for the Purchase of Navajo Mine by the Navajo Nation- A Project in Sustainable Development.  Self Funded.  Principal Investigator.

Current Certifications

  • Certified Professional Engineer in Virginia, Kentucky and New Mexico

Military Service(1969 – 1973)

  • Completed Army Engineer Officer, Airborne and Ranger Training
  • Service in Vietnam, Germany and at Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Awarded Bronze Star, honorably discharged as Captain

Work History in Mining Industry

Colorado School of Mines

  • 2009 – Present – Adjunct Professor in Mining Engineering Department and involved in various projects in mining industry as requested
    Received Eavensen Award in 2010 from SME for contributions to coal mining and energy industries
  • 2006 – 2008 – Adjunct Instructor while PhD Student in Mining Engineering Department

BHP Billiton (and previous names prior to mergers – 1980 to 2005)

  • 2000 – 2005 – President & COO – New Mexico Coal, Farmington, New Mexico
    Production of 16 million tons per year from one surface mine with three draglines and one underground longwall mine – Managed development of longwall mine to full production and negotiation of long-term extension of both coal supply agreements to mine-mouth power plants – 950 employees
  • 1999 – 2000 – Vice-President Improvement, Corporate Office, Melbourne, Australia
    Developed and implemented Six Sigma across entire company
  • 1997 – 1999 – President, BHP Minerals Zimbabwe & Hartley Platinum, Harare
    Managed operation consisting of underground and surface mines, concentrator, smelter and refinery to closure after finding uneconomical geology at deeper levels – 3500 employees
  • 1994 – 1997 – Managing Director, Ok Tedi Mining Limited, Papua New Guinea Copper and gold mine and concentrator near Irian Jaya border – Orchestrated resolution of serious environmental problems – 4000 employees
  • 1990 – 1994 – General Manager Operations, Queensland Coal, Brisbane, Australia
    Eight surface mines (total of 35 draglines), two underground mines, 8 preparation plants and 3 ports producing 40+ million tons per year of primarily metallurgical coal – 5000 employees
  • 1989 – 1990 – Manager Operations – New Mexico Coal
    Three surface mines providing coal to two mine-mouth power plants
  • 1986 – 1989 – Mine Manager, Navajo Mine, New Mexico Coal
    Surface mine with 4 draglines providing coal for mine-mouth power plant
  • 1980 – 1986 – Manager Engineering and Operations, Sierra Coal Company, Lexington,
    Kentucky – Started division with preparation plant, 2 rail loading facilities, river port and 7 mines (surface and underground) producing 2+ million tons per year

Pittston Company

  • 1973 – 1980 – Various Positions – Project Engineer and Foreman through to General
    Superintendent at Clinchfield Coal Company subsidiary
    Started three mines from 0.75 to 2.0 million tons per year in capacity each
  • 1965 – 1968 – Co-op Student with Clinchfield Coal Company subsidiary


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