Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering

UBC’s Department of Mining Engineering is known for being a small, close-knit family.

Our Department is exemplified by the dedication of the faculty and staff who provide a dynamic, hands-on learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.

In addition to teaching, the faculty work with graduate students and staff to undertake research in all aspects of mining in order to study and improve the industry for future generations. Gifts from alumni, corporations, foundations, students, parents and other friends assist the Keevil Institute in conducting leading edge research, providing outstanding education and contributing to social and economic development [more information].

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Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Dunbar, W Scott Bacterial replication controls, bacteriophage, phage
Elmo, Davide rock mechanics and rock engineering design; advanced numerical modelling of block cave mining and discrete fracture networks, interaction between surface and underground mining, numerical simulations of the mechanical behaviour of hard rock pillars, slope stability analysis, applications of synthetic rock mass modelling and discrete fracture network modelling.
Holuszko, Maria minerals characterization as it applies to mineral processing; recovery of metals from industrial and municipal waste streams
Klein, Bern processing of precious minerals; processing of industrial metals, Ultrafine grinding, high pressure grinding rolls, hydraulic transport of non-Newtonion mineral slurries, industrial minerlas, mine-mill integration, continuous centrifugal gravity concentration, improved technologies for artisinal andsmall scale gold miners, metal leaching from waste rock, rheology of mineral suspensions
Kunz, Nadja Decision analysis, Mining engineering, Hydrology, Water resources management, Environmental engineering, Systems engineering, Risk management
Madiseh, Ali
Miskovic, Sanja Mineral Processing, Multiphase Systems, Production and Process Optimization, Optimization, Control and Operations Research, Prefeasibility and Pilot Scale, R&D and Innovation, Technological Innovations, Sensors and Devices, Multiphase Flows, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Minerals Processing, Embedded Sensors, IIoT, Industrial Big Data, Critical Elements Extraction
Miskovic, Ilija Multi-physics of Geo-materials, Big Data
Pawlik, Marek Surface chemistry, Adsorption of polymers and surfactants, Process water and reagent chemistry, rheology of mineral suspensions, interparticle and interfacial phenomena
Scoble, Malcolm Sustainable mining, mining with communities, mine-mill integration, workplace safety, mining innovation
Van Zyl, Dirk The contributions that mining makes to sustainable development, life cycle systems, mine earth structures (tailings, heap leach, and rock disposal facilities)
Veiga, Marcello effects of metals in the environment; pollution caused by mining; social effects of mining on communities; mercury pollution on fish, Biogeochemical cycle of heavy metals in the environment, Bioaccumulation and adverse health effects of metals in the environment, specially mercury, Artisanal and small-scale gold mining, Mercury pollution from gold mining and hydroelectric reservoirs, Acid Rock DrainageProcess mineralogy applied to mining and mineral processing, Sustainable development in mining, Mining communities and social issues related to mining, Mine closure and reclamation planning