Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson is Professor and Head of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She was previously with the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and Professor in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She has an international reputation in geological and geotechnical engineering, and has been involved in mining and the underground construction industries for over 35 years.
Dr. Nelson has published more than 150 technical and scientific publications, and she is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a lifetime member and first president and Fellow of the American Rock Mechanics Association, and Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Nelson was elected to The Moles (1995) and inducted into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer (2007). In 2008 she received the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES), and she was the 2011 recipient of the ASCE Henry L. Michel Award. In 2015 she was identified as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (by WIM/UK), and in 2016 she was appointed Chair of the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee of NIOSH/CDC. In 2018 she received the Outstanding Educator award from Underground Construction Association of SME. She received her BS degree in geology from the University of Rochester (1970) and two master’s degrees in geology (Indiana University, 1976) and structural engineering (University of Oklahoma, 1979). In 1983, she received her PhD degree from Cornell University.