syd slouka

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Dr. Syd Slouka is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department at the Colorado School of Mines. Her research focuses on the characteristics and comparison of respirable rock dust generated from mechanical excavations with conical picks. Formerly, she was a mine ventilation engineer at a small-scale Colorado gold/silver mine and a geotechnical consultant with WSP. She is dedicated to engineering effective teaching pedagogies, implementing active learning in the classroom, and applying the psychology of learning to teaching methods.


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  • PhD, Earth Resources Development Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2023
  • MS, Geotechnical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2019
  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2017


Slouka, S., et al. “Comparing respirable dust characteristics from full-scale cutting tests of three rock samples with conical picks at three stages of wear.” Underground Ventilation. CRC Press, 2023. 264-273.

Slouka, Syd, et al. “Characterization of Respirable Dust Generated from Full Scale Cutting Tests in Limestone with Conical Picks at Three Stages of Wear.” Minerals 12.8 (2022): 930.

Slouka, S., J. Brune, and J. Rostami. “Characterization of Respirable Dust Generated from Full-Scale Laboratory Igneous Rock Cutting Tests with Conical Picks at Two Stages of Wear.” Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration 39.4 (2022): 1801-1809.

Li, Y., Slouka, S. A., Henkanatte-Gedera, S. M., Nirmalakhandan, N., & Strathmann, T. J. (2019, July 2). Seasonal treatment and economic evaluation of an algal wastewater system for energy and nutrient recovery. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Gheibi, A., Slouka, S., & Hedayat, A. (2018, August 21). Ultrasonic Investigation of Friction Processes in Granular Gouge Materials. American Rock Mechanics Association.