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Dr. Serkan Saydam

Serkan is a Mining Engineer with 29 years of research, consultancy, management and on-site experience across the continents of Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and North America. Serkan received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He then worked at De Beers for 3 years as a project manager in Johannesburg, South Africa. He joined University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney) in 2006, and currently is a Professor, and the Director of Research and Mining Engineering Discipline Leader at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW Sydney. A key focus of his research is the current needs and future challenges faced by the mining industry. These are generally very complex engineering problems, as mining environments become more extreme and constraints are imposed due to increasing social, environmental, and health and safety standards. His fields of research include ground control, technology integration, mine internet of things, novel mining systems and space resources engineering. He is well known globally for founding and chairing The International Future Mining Conference Series. He has also been chairing the Australasian Ground Control Conference Series (AusRock) since 2010. Serkan has more than 300 research publications and graduated 18 PhD students, and has been involved in projects in Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg, Peru, South Africa, the USA, and Turkey. Serkan is currently a Fellow Member of Australian Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM); the Inaugural President of Commission on Planetary Rock Mechanics at the International Society of Rock Mechanics; the Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research at UNSW; and the Deputy Secretary General and Council Member of the SOMP (The Society of Mining Professors).