Background information on Professor Steve McKinnon

I am a rock mechanics engineer doing research and teaching in the area of mining engineering. I joined The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s University in late 1998, after a career working mostly as a consultant in the mining industry. As a consultant I worked in many countries, in both underground and open pit applications of rock mechanics. A common thread to my consulting and research work is a mechanics-based approach to solving problems making extensive use of numerical stress analysis.

My research is split into two main components: industry driven problems, and fundamental work. I maintain close ties with industry-based rock mechanics practitioners as this helps in the identification of problems that are the drivers for practical research. However, many problems cannot be solved using current techniques and require a more fundamental approach. Therefore, a significant portion of my research falls into the category of basic earth science. I am particularly interested in the effects of geological structures on stress fields, and also mining-induced seismicity.

I have benefited from many valuable collaborations, and through these, have the following appointments:

  • Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering, Queen’s University.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Mining and Geotechnical Engineering, Lulea, Sweden

More details of my research, graduate students, papers, and resources can be found by following the navigation links at the right.