Luke Buckley



Luke Buckley, M.S.

Luke Buckley, Associate Professor-Data ScientistAssociate Professor—Data Scientist
Office: Natural Resources Building (NRB) 329A
Phone: 406-496-4677
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Professional Interests

Database design and development; Website design; Business Intelligence; Analytics; Information Architecture; User Experience; User Centered Design; Software Engineering; Data Mining; Data Warehousing


Luke Buckley is a Data Scientist with the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology at Montana Tech. Since 1994, he has been in charge of designing, developing, and administrating the MBMG Data Center. The Data Center is comprised of 63 enterprise databases and more than 40 web applications, connecting users around the world to Montana’s natural-resources data. In addition to degrees in Geological Engineering (ASE), Mathematics (BS), and Technical Communications (MS), he has been a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional in Database Administration since 2007.

Career in Brief

2018–Present, Associate Professor—Data Scientist, Adjunct Teaching Faculty, Montana Tech (MBMG)
2016–2018, Data Systems Manager II, Montana Tech (MBMG)
2005–2016, Computer Software Engineer, Applications II, Montana Tech (MBMG)
2004–2005, Computer Software Engineer, Applications I, Montana Tech (MBMG)
2001–2004, Computer Support Specialist I, Montana Tech (MBMG)
1994–2001, Information Systems Support Specialist, Montana Tech (MBMG)

Courses Taught

  • COMX 338W – Usability Testing
  • CSCI 340 – Database Design
  • TC 591 – Advanced Usability Testing
  • WRIT 121 – Introduction to Technical Writing
  • WRIT 321W – Advanced Technical Writing

Selected Publications

Buckley, L.J., 2018, The Surface Water Assessment and Monitoring Program and the MBMG Data Center [Abstract]. Submitted to 2018 Annual Meeting of the Montana Section of the American Water Resources Association: Collaborative Science Conference.

Buckley, L.J., 2018, Applying User Centered Design Principles to Deliver Surface Water Data to Diverse Audiences. Graduate Theses & Non-Theses. 155.

Buckley, L.J., 2017, User-Centered Design: Best practices to effectively deliver Montana surface water data [Abstract]. Montana AWRA Proceedings for Science, Policy and Communication: The role of science in a changing world 2017 Conference (pp. 29-30).

Patton, T.W., and Buckley, L.J., 2013, Results of the Montana Pilot Study for the National Ground Water Monitoring Network Water Monitoring Network, Prepared for the Advisory Committee on Water Information Subcommittee on Ground Water, 74 p.

Patton, T.W., McKenna, D.P., Smith, L.N., LaFave, J.I., Buckley, L.J., 1997, Activities of the Montana Ground-Water Assessment Program, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology: Ground-water Open-File Report 3, 16 p.

Selected Honors

MBMG Merit Award, Montana Technological University, Recognition of excellent achievement in research, service, and leadership (2019)

Paulette Miller Memorial Award, Montana Tech Institute for Educational Opportunities, Recognition of 25 years of Service to the Montana Tech Science and Engineering Fair (2016)

Montana Board of Water Well Contractors, Recognition of Determined Dedication and Professional Knowledge in the Development, Implementation, and Success of the Groundwater Information Center (2012)