Rajive Ganguli

Rajive Ganguli

Background and Research Interest

Professor Ganguli's research interests span a variety of topics from operations research to coal combustion. His past work includes development of control algorithms for coal loading, SAG mill process control, mine production simulation, 3D mine design and combustion of low rank Alaska coal. He has also helped design (ground control aspects) a multi-seam underground coal mine. He is a Professional Engineer (Mining Engineering) in the State of Alaska. He is also a qualified underground coal mine foreman in the State of Alabama. Please visit his personal website (link below) to learn about his research.


  • MIN 313 - Introduction to Mineral Preparation
  • MIN 454 - Underground Mining Design
  • MIN 481 - Computer-Aided Mine Design I
  • MIN 482/682 - Computer Aided Mine Design-II
  • MIN 484 - Surface Mining Methods
  • MIN 490 - Mining Design Project
  • MIN 601 - Application of Artificial Neural Networks
  • ES 201 - Computer Techniques


  • Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1999
  • M. S. in Mining Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1995
  • B. E. in Mining Engineering, Osmania University, India, 1991

Research Projects

  • "Coal to Liquids Plant", ACEP project funded by US Air Force
  • Low Rank Coal Grinding Performance vs. Power Plant Performance, Funded by DOE
  • Resource Characterization and Quantification of Natural Gas Hydrate and Associated Free-Gas Accumulations in the Prudhoe Bay-Kuparuk River Area on the North Slope of Alaska, Funded by DOE
  • Platinum Resource Estimation off of Goodnews Bay, Alaska, Funded by DOI/MMS
  • Estimation of Gravel Resource Potential of Southeast Chukchi Sea Continental Shelf off Shismaref, North Seward Peninsula, Alaska, Funded by DOI/MMS
  • Enhancement of Submarine Tailings Disposal Expert System Knowledge base, Funded by DOI/MMS
  • Effect of Measurement Errors on Control Algorithm, Funded by UAF
  • Sophisticated Calibration Methods for On-line Analyzers, Funded by DOE, Usibelli Coal Mine & GVEA

Selected Publications


  • US Patent Office, Patent#: 6,675,064, Jon Yingling and Rajive Ganguli: Process for the Physical Segregation of Minerals

Awards and Honors

  • Flame Safety Lamp Award, 2005, State of Alabama
  • Robert Peele Award, 2004, SME
  • Carol Feist Outstanding Advisor Award for 2002-2003, UAF
  • Nominated for International Who's Who for Professionals, 2002-2003
  • Selected for Leadership Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Recognized as a Future Leader of the mining industry, SME, 2000
  • Recipient of a Prize from Mineral and Metallurgical Society of America (MMSA) for the Paper "Time Series Analysis of Coal Imports and Energy Imports", 1996
  • Recipient of a Prize for the Paper "Roadheaders for Coal Face Mechanization," from the Institution of Engineers (IE), India, 1991
  • Winner of the All India Mining Quiz Competition, 1990