Brad Ross is the director of the Geotechnical Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona. This center is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and academics related to the geotechnical issues in the mining industry. He is also a professor of practice in the Mining and Geological Engineering Department.

Ross is a professional mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry. For his last industry position, he was brought into Bingham Canyon Mine to help the mine prepare for and recover from the gigantic Manefay slope failure. He has written a book about this experience called Rise to the Occasion — Lessons From the Bingham Canyon Manefay Slide.


  • PhD Mining, Geological and Geophysical Engineering - University of Arizona
  • ME Mining Engineering - University of Arizona
  • BS Mining Engineering - South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Teaching Interests: Geotechnical engineering, sustainable development, mining engineering, and senior capstone

Research Interests: Geotechnical engineering, safety, and leadership