Eunhye Kim

Assistant Professor, Mining Engineering

Eunhye Kim

Academic Appointment and Responsibilities

2015-Present: Colorado School of Mines
Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering

Courses include:

  • MNGN408A – Underground Design and Construction
  • MNGN 404 – Tunneling
  • MNGN 504 – (Advanced) Tunneling

2011–2015 : University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Assistant Professor

Courses taught at University of Utah:

  • MG EN 5160 Rock Mechanics Applications
  • MG EN 5150-01 Mechanics of Materials lecture
  • MG EN 5980 Rock Mechanics1 Lab
  • MG EN 5290 Introduction to Finite Element and other Numerical Models in Geomechanics
  • MG EN 5040 Engineering Design
  • MG EN 3010 Introduction to Mining Engineering
  • MG EN 3015 Mine Visits
  • MG EN 4990 Mining Seminar
  • MG EN 5980 Special Topics
  • MG EN 5970 Intern Program
  • MG EN 6900-7 Advanced Rock Mechanics
  • MG EN 6900-11 Special Topics
  • MG EN 6290 Introduction to Finite Element and other Numerical Models in Geomechanics

Research Interests

  • Fracture behavior of rock
  • Rock fracture processes during rock cutting
  • Stability of geostructures (mining and civil applications)
  • Data enabled science for underground construction and tunneling engineering

Recent Research Projects

  • Ground control capacity building, NIOSH (co-PI) Sept. 2016
  • Hecla #4 shaft numerical analysis, Hecla Mining Company (co-PI) Nov. 2016
  • Hecla #4 shaft data analysis, Hecla Mining Company (Leading PI) Jun. 2016
  • Slope stability (Sunrise pit), CS Mining (Leading PI) Jun. 2014
  • Precursors of Spark mitigation in Mines, Illinois Clean Coal Institute (Leading PI) Apr. 2013
  • Slope stability (Bawana and Hidden Treasure pits), CS Mining (Leading PI) Jan. 2013
  • Noise and dust research of PDC roof bolting cutters, US Synthetic (Leading PI) Nov. 2012

Research Overview

Research and Work Experience in Academia and Industry

  • 2015–present: Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
  • 2011–2015: Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2011: Research Analyst, Independent Project Analysis Inc., Ashburn, VA
  • 2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, PSU, University Park, PA
  • 2008­­–2011: Conical Bit rotation with Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, PA
  • 2007–2008: NASA project: Low–energy consumption machine with Orbitec Inc.
  • 2004–2011: Rock mechanic tests for several industry projects (SNU and PSU)
  • 2004: Pre-Blasting Report in Ulsan w/Korea Gas Cooperation & Exploration Company
  • 2003: Experiment assistant in the geotechnical laboratory (AU, one semester)

Teaching Experience

  • 2015–present: Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
  • 2011­–2015: Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2004–2011: Teaching Assistant, Rock Mechanics class (SNU and PSU: 2 and 3 semesters, respectively)
  • 2008: Voluntary Teacher of 2008 summer school program in College of Earth and Mineral Science (8 weeks, PSU)
  • 2005: Teacher & Assistant for creating a text book: (3.2 months, SNU)


  • Ph.D. 2010, Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State University (PSU), UP, USA
    Topic: Drilling optimization in application of conical bits
  • Ph.D. minor, Engineering Mechanics, Penn State University, UP, USA
  • M.S. 2006, Civil, Urban & Geo-system engineering, Seoul National University (SNU), S. Korea
    Topic: An investigation of hydraulic aperture evolution by flow through test for circular shearing
  • B.S. 2003, Civil Engineering and Computer Science (dual), Ajou University (AU), S. Korea
    Topic: Geotechnical aspects of tunneling

Professional Certifications

  • 2015 – Professional Engineer (Civil: Geotechnical, Colorado and Utah)
  • 2010 – Engineer In Training (Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), Pennsylvania)
  • 2006 – Engineer In Training (two FE in Civil Engineering and Computer Science, S. Korea)

Professional Affiliations

  • 2014–present: Future Leaders of American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
  • 2014–present: Organizing member of 2015 Artic Technology Conference (ATC)
  • 2013–present: Society of Experimental Mechanics (SEM)
  • 2012–present: Committee of Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)
  • 2012–present: Young Leader Committee (YLC) in SME
  • 2008–present: Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME)
  • 2008–present: American Rock Mechanics Association
  • 2008–present: Underground Construction Association (UCA)
  • 2008–present: International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM)
  • 2008–present: American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE)

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 – First Paper Award in International Conference Advanced Engineering and Technology in Incheon, South Korea
  • 2014 – Future Leader in the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
  • 2013 – Young Leader Committee in the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)
  • 2010 – Reg. Hardy Memorial Award for Excellence in Mining, PSU
  • 2008–2010 – Research Assistantship, PSU
  • 2008 – Outstanding participant award in the 2008 Summer Experience in EMS, PSU
  • 2007 – Scholarship award from University Office of Global Programs, PSU
  • 2004 – Lee Hi-Keun Scholarship award, SNU, South Korea
  • 1999 – Scholarship award for outstanding students, AU, South Korea

Professional Community Service

  • 2016 – Reviewer for Geo-risk conference 2017
  • 2015 – Reviewer of World Tunneling Conference 2016
  • 2015 – Session chair, 2015 ICAMSME conference, Incheon, S. Korea
  • 2015 – NSF grant reviewer
  • 2015 – Reviewer of 49th ARMA conference, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015 – Reviewer of 2015 Artic Technology conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2015 – Session chair, 2015 SME annual conference, Denver, CO
  • 2014 – Session chair, 2014 SEM annual conference, Greenville, SC
  • 2014 – Session co-chair, 2014 SME annual conference, Salt Lake City, UT (session merged)
  • 2014 – Reviewer of Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
  • 2013 – NSF Graduate Fellowship committee
  • 2013–2015 – Faculty advisor, ARMA student chapter in University of Utah
  • 2013–present – Reviewer of Ocean Technology Conference
  • 2013 – Reviewer of 47th ARMA conference, San Francisco, CA

Invited Talks

  • “Excellence in Geomechanics and Geostructure”, Seoul National University, S. Korea        June, 2015
  • “Cutting behavior of conical bits and rock mechanics at the U of U”, March UT local Section SME meeting, Midvale, UT, USA      Nov., 2012

Recent Publications

Journal (SCI) papers

  • Kim, E.† and H. Changani (2016) Effect of water saturation and loading rate on the mechanical properties of Red and Buff Sandstones. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences. 88:23-28.
  • Kim, E.† (2015) Effect of skew angle on main precursor of frictional ignition in bench-scale simulation of excavation processes International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences 80:101–106.
  • Kim, E.† and H. Changani (2015) Study of dynamic mechanical behavior of aluminum 7075-T6 with respect to diameters and L/D ratios using Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) Structural Engineering and Mechanics 55(4): 857-869.
  • Schumacher, F. P. and E. Kim† (2014) Evaluation of directional drilling implication of double layered pipe umbrella system for the coal mine roof support with composite material and beam element methods using FLAC3D Journal of Mining Science 50(2): 336–349.
  • Schumacher, F. P. and E. Kim† (2013) Modeling the pipe umbrella roof support system in a Western US underground coal mine International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences 60: 114-124.
  • Kim, E.†, J. Rostami† and C. Swope (2012) Full scale linear cutting experiment to examine conical bit rotation Journal of Mining Science 48(5): 882-895.
  • Kim, E.†, J. Rostami†, C. Swope and S. Colvin (2012) Study of conical bit rotation using full-scale rotary cutting experiments Journal of Mining Science 48(4): 717-731.

Peer-reviewed papers

  • Kim, E.† and D. Batos (2016) The Water Saturation Effects on Dynamic Tensile Strength in Red and Buff Sandstones Studied with Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB), In 2015 International Conference on Advanced Materials, Structures and Mechanical Engineering 165-168.
  • Sieter, J., M. Smith, E. Kim†, and S. Cox (2015) Dust and Noise Hazard Exposure: Comparison of PDC vs. WC Roof Bolt Bits in Laboratory Mining Engineering 67(2): 28–33.
  • Kim, E.† and D. Batos (2015) The effects of water saturation on dynamic mechanical properties in red and buff sandstones having different porosities studied with Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) Applied Mechanics and Materials 752: 784-789 (received First Paper Award).
  • Changani, H., A. Young, and E. Kim† (2013) Effect of L/D ratio on dynamic response of aluminum 7076 and the natural motoqua quartzite sandstone in Saint George, UT using Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB), In the 47th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, San Francisco, June, 2013.
  • Kim, E.† and S. Colvin (2012) A preliminary full scale cutting test to find pre-cursor parameters of frictional ignition, In the 14th US Mine Ventilation Symposium, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Kim, E.†, J. Rostami† and C. Swope (2010) Full scale linear cutting test to study rotation of conical bit, In the 44th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, June, 2010.
  • Kim, E.†, J. Rostami† and C. Swope (2009) Measurement of conical bit rotation, In the 43th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium, June, 2009.
  • Kim, E.†, J. Rostami, C.-i. Lee and Y.-y. Jeong (2008) An investigation of hydraulic aperture evolution by flow through test for circular shearing using laboratory experiments and numerical simulation, In International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) International Symposium 2008 and the 5th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, 24-26 November 2008 Tehran, Iran.
  • Jeong, Y.-y., E. Kim and C.-i. Lee† (2006) Hydromechanical behavior of rock joints by rotary shear-flow test, In Rock Mechanics in Underground Construction: ISRM International Symposium 2006: 4th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium, 8-10 November 2006, Singapore.

Conference abstracts and presentations[1]

  • Kim, E.†. Effects of skew angle on cutting tool temperature increment, wear, and performance. In the SME 2017 annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, Feb. 21, 2017
  • Kim, E.† and A. Garcia. The changes of fragmentation and energy absorption of Read, Berea and Buff sandstones along loading rates and water content. In the SME 2016 annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 22, 2016
  • Kim, E.†, K. Erikson, and H. Changani. Comparison between Dynamic Responses of Rhyolite and St. George Sandstone Using Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar Machine. In the 2014 Society of Experiment Mechanics annual conference, Greenville, SC, June 2014.
  • Kim, E.†, J. Sieter, M. Smith, and S. Cox. Dust and noise hazard exposure: comparison of PDC vs. WC roof bolt bits in laboratory. In the SME 2014annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2014
  • Kim, E.†, M. McCarter, DS. Kim, and J. Donovan. Innovative way to evaluate probability of slope failure using three different methods: traditional geological survey, photogrammetry, and three-point method. In the SME 2014 annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, Feb. 25, 2014
  • Kim, E. and J. Rostami. The Mechanical Cutting Behavior of a Conical Bit for Optimizing its Performance. In the SME 2012 meeting, Seattle, WA, February, 2012
  • Kim, E., J. Rostami, and C. Swope. Rotation of conical bit: experiments and simulation. In the SME 2010 annual Meeting, Mar. 3, 2010

† This symbol indicates the corresponding author.
[1] Some abstracts of the refereed papers were presented during conferences.



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