Professor – Colorado School of Mines. Director – Tailings Center. Mike Henderson is the Director of the Tailings Center, which is a multiple university/industry consortium involving Colorado School of Mines (CSM), Colorado State University, and the University of Arizona. Mike is a Professor in the Mining Engineering Department at CSM, and is an independent consultant. Mike is an expert on tailings and water dam projects, including numerous independent review boards, and has testified in the World Court on litigation related to mining.