Leonard Wood Institute (LWI) Project


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Geological Engineering Program

Geological Sciences and Engineering Department

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders
in the Geological Sciences


Neil Lennart Anderson


University of Calgary (PhD)
University of Manitoba (MSc)
University of Manitoba (BSc)
Address:  Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo. 65409-0410
Office: 290 Mcnutt Hall 
Phone: (573) 341-4852 
Fax: (573) 341-6935

Neil Anderson received a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the University of Manitoba, an M.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary.

Prior to accepting his current position as Professor of Geophysics at the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T), Neil worked for some ten years in the Canadian oil and gas industry and thereafter for four years as a research scientist with the Kansas Geological Survey. His professional interests are focused on the application of geophysical technologies to geotechnical, structural & environmental engineering investigations, archeology, hydrogeology, hydrocarbon & mineral exploration, and geologic mapping. He routinely works with surface wave technologies (MASW & ReMi), reflection-seismic methods (both conventional and high-resolution), ground-penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnetic tools (metal detectors and conductivity tools) and electrical resistivity tomography.

Prof. Anderson in South Africa for research

Neil has coauthored more than two hundred technical papers, numerous technical reports, eight short course manuals and one textbook, and edited two Geophysical Atlases for Professional Societies (CSPG/CSEG and KGS). He is the recipient of an Alberta Achievement Award, a Distinguished Service Award from the State of Kansas, a Tracks Award from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, a Volunteer Service Award from the Canadian Olympic Committee (Speed Skating Official - 1988 Olympic Games), and Outstanding Teaching and Faculty Excellence Awards from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. 
Professor Anderson has made an effort to expose his students to "real professional world" experiences.  Over the years, they have participated in literally hundreds of externally-funded geophysical investigations including:

These externally-funded research projects have been fun for all (even in the freezing cold or blazing heat)!  These investigations have also provided financial support and research data for our graduate students, many of whom have had the opportunity to present their work at regional, national and international conferences.

In January 2011, Dr. Anderson visited South Sudan at the invitation of the Governor of the State of Eastern Equatoria.  Neil is attempting to help this state government identify its natural resources as part of a broader effort to attract investment.

In May 2011, Neil will present a 3-week short course at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.  This will be his 20th trip to the African continent!