Mining engineering students simulate stochastic processes

Mining engineering students simulate stochastic processesFor their capstone design projects, undergraduate mining engineering students at Missouri University of Science and Technology develop “real-world” solutions. So, Dr. Samuel Frimpong provides his students with real-world tools, including Palisade’s @RISK software.

Similarly, he uses @RISK to help graduate students undertake research projects in geology and geological engineering, mining and petroleum engineering.

Dr. Frimpong says the risk analysis software helps students with risk modeling for everything from investment to production. Projects might include production forecasting, reserve estimation, exponential decline, and other key areas. @RISK also helps students understand stochastic processes – how random events can affect engineering phenomena over time.

“@RISK offers a comprehensive package for simulating stochastic processes defined by parametric probability and statistics,” says Dr. Frimpong, who has been teaching at the Rolla, Mo.-based university for more than 6 years. “The Excel environment also makes @RISK user-friendly.”

He also praised the software’s “efficient pre-simulation definition of input variables and post-simulation results.”

Dr. Frimpong says he has been using @RISK since his time at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, where he completed his PhD in 1992 and later served as an associate professor of mining engineering.

A native of Ghana, Dr. Frimpong holds several patents in the area of oil sands extraction and is a noted expert in mine design, mineral economics, modeling methods and operations research.

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