Kray Luxbacher is the department head of mining and geological engineering at the University of Arizona.

Luxbacher was a faculty member at the Department of Mining and Minerals at Virginia Tech starting in 2008 and was department head from 2019-2022. An expert in atmospheric monitoring, ventilation system characterization, mine fire simulation and prevention, and mine risk analysis, Luxbacher serves e as the inaugural Gregory H. and Lisa S. Boyce leadership chair of mining and geological engineering.

Luxbacher is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Earth Resources and previously held appointments at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee. A registered professional engineer in Virginia, Luxbacher has also worked in industry as a mining engineer, industrial engineer and underground production foreman. She is active on several Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration communities and chaired the 2015 North American Mine Symposium in Blacksburg, VA.

Degrees:

  • PhD Mining Engineering - Virginia Tech

Research Interests: atmospheric monitoring, ventilation system characterization, mine fire simulation and prevention, and mine risk analysis