John Kemeny Brief Biography

Dr. John Kemeny is Professor and Head in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering at the University of Arizona.  His specialties are geomechanics, rock fracture mechanics, numerical simulation in rock mechanics, and developing 3D imaging and sensing technologies for mining and geotechnical applications.  Dr. Kemeny is a leading expert on the use of ground-based LIDAR for rock engineering applications.  Dr. Kemeny is Partner and Co-Founder of Split Engineering LLC, a company that specializes in image processing software for the mining and geotechnical industries.  Originally developed at the University of Arizona, the Split software analyzes digital images to determine the size distribution of rock fragments.  Dr. Kemeny has over 30 years of experience in rock mechanics and over 20 years experience with using new technologies such as digital image processing and LIDAR for rock engineering applications. In the past 10 years Dr. Kemeny has published more than 60 papers, delivered more than 40 invited talks and short courses, and acquired research funding from a number of agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Transportation.  Dr. Kemeny has been at the University of Arizona since 1989.