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We are extremely proud of the RockEng team of experts. RockEng personnel bring an exceptional level of skill and experience to your projects. Each individual has been hand-picked from industry and academia because our clients deserve to be served by the best. RockEng recognizes the industry wide shortage of personnel with high level of expertise in rock engineering.


kathy-kalenchuk Kathy Kalenchuk, Ph.D., P.Eng. (ON, MB, BC), PE (MT)
Dr. Kalenchuk, Principal Geomechanics Consultant, has over 15 years of experience in geotechnical and geomechanical engineering and has been with MDEng for over 7 years.
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colin-hume Colin Hume, M.Sc.
Mr. Colin Hume has formal training in rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering combined with 6 years of practical geomechanics experience specific to the mining industry.
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cortney-palleske Cortney Palleske, M.A.Sc., P.Eng. (ON & BC)
Ms. Cortney Palleske has a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and over 10 years of practical experience in geomechanics consulting.
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KLuis Mejia, Ph.D. Luis Mejia, Ph.D.
Dr. L. A. Mejia graduated in Geological Engineering from the National University of Engineering and holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. His doctoral investigation was focused in the numerical modelling of the fracturing process in rock materials under fluid-mechanics coupling conditions.
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jeffrey-oke Jeffrey Oke, Ph.D., P.Eng. (ON)
Dr. J.D. Oke offers expertise in underground support design. He has experience with 3D numerical modelling, and particular skills pertaining to developing calibrated models capable of reproducing support – rockmass interactions and overall ground response.
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Anna Perry Anna Perry, M.Sc., PE (NV)
Ms. Anna Perry brings 5 years of industry experience and a Master’s degree in mining geomechanics to the RockEng team. She has extensive hands-on experience with geotechnical data collection, shotcrete and backfill mix optimization, assessment of ground support, and ground control in weak/altered rock masses.
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Kathryn Kitney, M.Sc., P.Eng Athena Pirayehgar, Ph.D.
Dr. Athena Pirayehgar is a highly motivated Geomechanics Engineer with over seven years of experience in the Energy industry. As a geomechanics specialist, she conducted numerical modeling and simulations in geomechanics along with microseismic evaluations.
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Kathryn Kitney, M.Sc., P.Eng Neda Dadashzadeh, Ph.D.
Dr. Neda Dadashzadeh has over 5 years of comprehensive experience in geomechanics and advanced numerical modelling for stability assessment of surface and subsurface infrastructures.
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Ali Hashemi, Ph.D Ali Hashemi, Ph.D.
Dr. Ali Hashemi has recently completed his Ph.D. from the Mining Department of Queen’s University. He has over six years of experience in various aspects of mining and geomechanical engineering. In his Ph.D. thesis, he investigated the dynamic fracturing of rock material under blast loading.
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Kathryn Kitney, M.Sc., P.Eng Kathryn Kitney, M.Sc., P.Eng (ON)
Ms. Kathryn Kitney has a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University and 9 years of practical experience in consulting. She brings with her experience in field work, reporting, and managing project schedules, staffing, and budgets on various short term and multi-year consulting projects.
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