Dr. Craig Hickey joined the faculty of the University of Mississippi in April 1994. He holds a B.S. degree in Geology and Physics from the University of New Brunswick (1987), a M.S. degree in Geophysics from the University of Alberta (1990), and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics from the University of Alberta (1994). During the course of his employment at UM, Dr. Hickey has progressed through the ranks to his current positions of Associate Research Professor and Senior Research Scientist. He was recently appointed as NCPA Interim Associate Director for Applied Research.
Dr. Hickey is a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS), Seismological Society of America (SSA), the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT), and the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS). He has served on several professional meeting committees for the ASA, and has also organized numerous special sessions for the AGU, EEGS, and SSSA. He was a panel member of Border Security Technologies – Surveillance, Screening and Situational Awareness Committee for the US Department of Homeland Security. He has co-organized and participated in US Army sponsored workshops aimed at defining research directions on near surface soil characterization, clandestine tunnel detection, and failure detection in earthen embankments. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the Soil Science Society of America, Geophysics, Transport in Porous Media, and others. He is a co-organizer of several North American Workshops on Applications of the Physics of Porous Media.
Dr. Hickey has provided invaluable scientific research for several successful projects for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, U. S. Department of Defense, U. S. Department of Agriculture, and other sponsors. These research projects include development of acoustic techniques for characterization of flood control reservoirs, acoustic measurement of spatial and temporal physical properties of soils, acoustic-to-seismic (A/S) coupling techniques for landmine detection, and near surface geophysical methods for clandestine tunnel detection. His expertise includes research in the fields near surface geophysical methods, physical acoustics of porous materials, and the interaction of sound with porous media.