Dr. Patton has over 20 years experience in the field of mining engineering. Her areas of expertise include ventilation, property evaluation, and mine environmental. Susan has a broad experience background ranging from mine site engineering to research. Mine site experience includes surface coal mine engineering and permit compliance. Susan held a faculty position at Montana Tech where she was responsible for teaching core coursework in the mining engineering curriculum, conducting research and developing coursework to enhance the environmental engineering and aggregate mining offerings. Research projects focused on the mine closure, coalbed methane/longwall mine interaction, and safety. Susan previously served in the management position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research at Montana Tech. Susan is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and Alabama.