Samuel Frimpong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering and the Robert H. Quenon Endowed Chair at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of Alberta. He holds PhD (1992) from the University of Alberta, MSc (1988) from the University of Zambia, and Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction, 1986) and BSc (Hon, 1985) from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Dr. Frimpong has over 10 years of academic administration, 25 years of professional experience in research, teaching, and consulting, and five years in mining and petroleum industry practice. Prior to his current position, he worked as Professor and Associate Professor (University of Alberta), Assistant Professor (Technical University of Nova Scotia), Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Alberta), Research Associate (University of Zimbabwe) and as Mining Engineer (Ashanti Goldfields, Ghana National Manganese Corp, State Gold mining Corp and Agri-Petco of Ghana) and Underground Miner (Tarkwa Goldfields). Dr. Frimpong has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in Mining Engineering in these capacities and has graduated several students for industry and academia. His current research areas include surface mining engineering, excavation engineering and machine health, extra heavy oil recovery, safety and hazards engineering, and stochastic modeling and risks simulation.