The program is administered by the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Joseph Sottile, Ph.D., serves as the MHS program director. His health and safety research is primarily in mine electrical system safety and respirable dust reduction.  He serves on the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Mining Sector Council and previously served on the Kentucky Mine Equipment Review Panel.  Zach Agioutantis, Ph.D., PE, Mining Engineering Foundation Professor and Department Chair, provides departmental oversight of the program. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky, Dr. Agioutantis was a professor at the Technical University of Crete, Greece. Dr. Agioutantis has collaborated for many years with NIOSH and MSHA personnel for the development of ground control design software used for the safe design of underground coal mines in the US. These packages are available free of charge to the public including mine operators and state and government entities. 


Faculty Member Appointments Areas of Expertise
Joe Sottile Professor, Mining Engineering, Director, Mine Health and Safety Core of the CARERC
  • Mine electrical systems, mine health and safety, electrical component incipient failure detection
  • Teaches Introduction to Electrical Circuits and Mining Machinery (MNG 311), Introduction to Mine Systems Analysis (MNG 335), Mine Power System Analysis (MNG 511), Electromechanics (EE 415G), Electric Power Systems II (EE 538), Data Analysis and Design of Experiments (MNG635)
Zach Agioutantis Mining Engineering Foundation Professor and Chair, Mining Engineering 
  • Data Management and Analysis, Rock Mechanics, Subsidence Engineering, Sustainable Development, Computer Applications for the Mining and Geotechnical Industry.
  • Teaches Underground Mine Design (MNG 351), Rock Mechanics (MNG 551), Advanced Geomechanics I (MNG 555), Advanced Geomechanics II (MNG 655)
Steven Schafrik Associate Professor, Mining Engineering
  • Performance computing applications, mine health and safety, respirable dust control
  • Teaches Fundamentals of Engineering Computing (EGR 102), Fundamentals of Mine Design (MNG 291), Mine Ventilation (MNG 341)