Shishay Kidanu

Shishay Kidanu
  • Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Geological Engineering
  • (907) 474-5988
  • Duckering 309

Background and Research Interests

Dr. Kidanu’s research interests include:

  • Engineering and Environmental Geophysics
  • Geophysics for Mineral Exploration
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in Geohazard Analysis
  • GIS-based Multivariate Geospatial Analysis
Dr. Kidanu joined the Geological Engineering Program at the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering in August 2018


  • GE F405 - Exploration Geophysics
  • PETE F370 -Sedimentology and Structural Geology for Petroleum Engineers
  • ES 208 - Mechanics


  • Ph. D., Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri, USA, 2013 – 2018
  • M.Sc., Earth Sciences with specialization in Engineering Geology, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria, 2006-2008
  • B.Sc., Applied Geology, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia, 1999-2004

Selected Publications

  1. Varnavina, A.V., Khamzin, A.K., Kidanu, S.T., Anderson, N.L. (2019). “Geophysical site assessment in karst terrain: A case study from southwestern Missouri.” Journal of Applied Geophysics, Vol 170, Nov 2019.

  2. Kidanu, S.T., Varnavina, A.V., Anderson, N.L., Torgashov, E.V. (2019). “3D-Electrical Resistivity Tomography Imaging of Subsurface Structure of a Sinkhole, a Case Study in Greene County, Missouri.” AIMS Geosciences, Accepted for publication.

  3. Kidanu, S.T., Anderson, N.L., Rogers, J.D. (2018). “Using GIS-based Spatial Analysis to Determine Factors Influencing Sinkhole Formation in Greene County, Missouri.” Environmental and Engineering Geoscience (2018) 24 (3): 251-261.

  4. Kidanu, S.T., Torgashov, E.V., Varnavina, A.V., Anderson, N.L. (2016). “ERT-based Investigation of a Sinkhole in Greene County, Missouri.” AIMS Geosciences, 2016, 2(2): 99-115. doi: 10.3934/geosci.2016.2.99.

  5. Kidanu, S.T. (2013). “GIS-based Geotechnical Microzonation Mapping using Analytic Hierarchy Process: a case study in Shire-Endasilasie City, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia.” Momona Ethiopian Journal of Science (MEJS), V5 (2):101-116, 2013.