Dr. Hardy has over 39 years experience in rock mechanics and mine design project management. Project manager for mine design in coal, potash, trona, nahcolite, borate, gold, and oil shale. Manages projects involving field geotechnical data gathering, numerical modeling, design of underground mines, solution mining, backfill, and geo-hydrology. Taught advanced rock mechanics and mine plant engineering at the University of Minnesota. Past chairman of the Underground Technical Research Council (UTRC) of the ASCE and SME. Committee member for the National Academy of Science, National Research Council on the Waste Isolation Project (WIPP). Registered professional engineer in Colorado and Texas and the Province of Saskatchewan in Canada.