Faculty and Staff

Charles Kliche, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, MHSA Program
Office Phone: 605-394-1972
Email: Charles.Kliche@sdsmt.edu

Dr. Charles Kliche is a Professor of Mining Engineering and Management at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He has over 35 years of varied mining experience in industrial minerals (bentonite mining), taconite mining, gold mining, consulting and mining education. Dr. Kliche has worked extensively as an independent mining consultant in the fields of rock slope stability, explosives engineering, and the environmental effects of mining. He has written numerous papers on those subjects, including the book, Rock Slope Stability, and Chapter 37 (Slope Stability) of the new Mining Engineering Handbook, both published by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME).

Dr. Kliche is a registered professional engineer in the states of Minnesota and South Dakota. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and the South Dakota Engineering Society. Dr. Kliche is active in SME and the International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE), both on the local level and on the national level. He was a founder and first chairman of the Black Hills Chapter of the ISEE, and also served on its Board of Directors for many years. Dr. Kliche served as chairman of the Black Hills Section of SME in 1986, in 1999, and has again taken on that responsibility. He has served in various capacities for the SME and the ISEE national meetings. He is an MSHA-approved mine safety and health instructor for both surface and underground mines.


Kelli McCormick, Ph.D., CPG
Instructor, MSHA Program
Office Phone: 605-394-1971
Email: Kelli.McCormick@sdsmt.edu

Dr. Kelli McCormick is a lecturer in the department of mining engineering and management at the South Dakota School of Mine and Technology. Her primary research interest areas include mineral exploration/economic geology, magmatic processes, and petrology. Dr. McCormick has been teaching undergraduate courses in mining engineering and geology full time since 2012. Prior to joining the SD Mines, she worked for the South Dakota Geological Survey as well as completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario Canada. Dr. McCormick is faculty advisor to the SD Mines Mine Safety and Rescue Team, among other student organizations. She participates in the Sanford Underground Research Facility Emergency Response Team training and is working toward her benchman certification for the BG-4 SCBA. She is an active member and Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists; and active member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), the Geological Society of America (GSA); the American Institute of Professional Geologists, through which she holds certification as a professional geologist; and is Secretary of the Black Hills Chapter of Sigma Xi. She is an MSHA-approved mine safety and health instructor for both surface and underground mines.


Cindy Hise
Secretary, MSHA Program
Office Phone: 605-394-2344
Email: Cindy.Hise@sdsmt.edu