Wedam Nyaaba, Graduate Research Assistant
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering
226 McNutt Hall
1400 N Bishop Ave
Biographical Sketch: Wedam Nyaaba received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in mining and mechanical engineering from the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, Ghana; and Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T), Rolla, MO, respectively. He joined AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi, Mine as a mining engineer I. His career development as a mining engineer began after going through the company’s structured professional development program for graduates. He gained great experience in: short and long range surface and underground planning and design; underground development operations where he supervised face drilling and support operations; underground locomotive haulage operations; and mine health and safety training. Wedam is as student member of the following professional organizations: Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), The Tire Society, Rubber Division of American Chemical Society (ACS), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is currently a PhD candidate in the mining engineering program at MS&T, Rolla, Missouri. His research interests include: mine machine longevity modeling and analysis, mine systems optimization (ventilation network and sensor allocation modeling), and modeling and analysis of elastomer durability. Specifically, his Ph.D. research project is on dump truck tire service life investigation under combined thermomechanical loads. Wedam has over four years of experience in mathematical modeling, computer-aided engineering (CAE), and systems optimization.