About Us

Program Evaluation

Our program evaluation services are under the direction of Jacque Ewing-Taylor. Jacque’s doctoral dissertation was on program evaluation, and she has helped many Principal Investigators and Project Directors achieve program goals through the evaluation process. Our program evaluation philosophy is very customer-service oriented, and we focus on the utility of the evaluation process. We believe that evaluation is a partnership, the goal of which is to improve the program, fulfill its goals, and implement the program with fidelity in order to provide a solid return on the funder’s investment.

Our recent evaluation projects include six Math and Science Partnership (MSP) grants for various Utah and Nevada projects, a NSF EPSCoR grant for Utah State University, a NSF Informal Science Education grant for the University of Nevada, Reno, and a U.S. Department of Defense grant project for the Churchill County School District in rural Nevada. Many of these projects involve professional development in science for K-12 teachers, which is another area of Jacque’s expertise.

Jacque is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, and subscribes to the Program Evaluation Standards of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE).

Mining Engineering

Our Mining Engineering services are under the direction of Danny Taylor. Dr. Dan received his Mineral Engineer degree from the Colorado School of Mines in 1968. For the next ten years, he worked for various minerals companies in jobs ranging from the preparation of scoping studies for coal liquifaction and oil shale extraction, to partnership in a small mining contracting company, to managing exploration projects for precious and base metals and uranium. In 1978, his career focus moved to academia, first at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and since 1979 with the Mackay School of Mines at University of Nevada Reno. There he has twice served as Mining Engineering Dept. Chair for a total of 13 years and Assistant Dean of Mackay for five. He has taught courses ranging from the Freshman Introduction to Mining Engineering to the Senior-level computer aided mine design classes. His research includes studies on the impact of blast movement on grade control, risk assessment in project design, uses of renewable energy in mineral projects and the use of discrete event simulation in the analysis of mine haulage operations.

Dan’s consulting has been primarily in the area of economic evaluation of mineral properties and projects and in addition, he has served as an expert witness in the field of mining operations and economics in over 20 legal cases in state and federal district courts.

Dr. Taylor also holds two other degrees from the Colorado School of Mines: M.S. in Operations Research and a Ph.D. in Mineral Economics/Mineral Processing. He is a registered Mining Engineer in Nevada.