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Amy McBrayer

Teaching Assistant Professor - Department of Mining Engineering

Amy McBrayer began her career in an industry role after graduation from West Virginia University in 2012. Her industry experience ranges from mine planning, mine design and project engineering to logistics and operations management roles at large surface coal operations in the western United States. In 2019, she returned to academia to pursue her Ph.D. at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Her Ph.D. dissertation focuses on developing production scheduling models using operations research techniques to integrate variable costs associated with traditional and renewable power sources. She was selected as a 2022-2023 SME Ph.D. Fellow, the 2022 Mining Engineering and Management outstanding graduate student at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and the 2023 Society of Mining Professors fellowship recipient. She is a registered EIT in West Virginia, USA and is a Surface Coal Foreman in Wyoming, USA.


Ph.D., Mining Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 2023

B.S., Mining Engineering, West Virginia University, 2012

B.S., Agribusiness Management and Rural Development, West Virginia University, 2012