Moe Momayez has a longstanding interest in the development of new technologies to improve mine safety and productivity, specifically miners’ health and safety, geomaterials characterization, rock breakage, energy/process efficiency, and renewable energy. He joined the faculty in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona in 2007. He is also the Energy and Geosensing Team leader at the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.

Momayez holds 14 patents and patent applications related to thermally insulating materials, heat stress prediction for mine workers, rock slope stability prediction, comminution, material characterization, and renewable energy generation from mines. He previously worked at McGill University in Montreal, Canada as lecturer and manager of the Subsurface Sensing Laboratory, conducting research and providing services to mining and civil engineering companies and government agencies related to nondestructive evaluation of underground and concrete structures. From 2014 to 2015, he served as the president of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society, the premier near-surface geophysics organization devoted to promoting the science of geophysics especially as it is applied to environmental and engineering problems.


  • PhD Mining Engineering - McGill University

Teaching Interests: Geopositioning, mine ventilation, rock excavation, rock mechanics, geosensing, time series analysis, machine learning, image processing, computer programming, instrumentation, and renewable energy

Research Interests: Mine ventilation, geomechanics, rock physics, rock breakage, geosensing, rock slope stability, renewable energy, instrumentation and monitoring, signal and image processing, machine learning, and nondestructive evaluation