Faculty

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Hooman Askari-Nasab, PhD, PEng
Director of Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL)
Associate Professor of Mining Engineering
School of Mining & Petroleum Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Webpage: http://www.ualberta.ca/~hooman/

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Yashar Pourrahimian, PhD, PEng
Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering
School of Mining & Petroleum Engineering
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Canada

Webpage: http://www.ualberta.ca/~pourrahi/yashar.html

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Eugene Ben-Awuah, PhD, PEng
Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering
IAMGOLD Research Fellow in Open Pit Mining
Bharti School of Engineering,
Laurentian University,
Sudbury, Canada

Webpage: https://laurentian.ca/faculty/EBenAwuah

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Kwame Awuah-Offei, PhD, PE
Associate Professor
Mining & Nuclear Engineering Department
Missouri University of Science & Technology
326 McNutt Hall Rolla, MO 65409, USA

Webpage: http://web.mst.edu/~kabp3/

Graduate Students

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Mohammad Tabesh 
PhD
(2009/09 To Date -Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
MSc (2009- Industrial Engineering)
University of Tehran, Iran
BSc (2006 - Industrial Engineering)
Amir-Kabir University of Technology , Tehran, Iran.

Supervisor: Dr. Askari
Current research:  Intelligent multi-agent open pit mine planning framework.

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Shiv Prakash Upadhyay
PhD  (2011/09 To Date – Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
Bachelor of Technology (Honours) & Master of Technology, Under the Dual Degree program  (2010 – Mining Engineering)
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India.  

Supervisor: Dr. Askari
Current research:
Mathematical programming approach for short term mine planning and optimal truck shovel allocation.

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Cuiwei Feng
MSc
(2013/09 To Date-Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, , Edmonton, Canada
BSc (2013 – Mining Engineering)
University of Science and Technology, Biejing, China 

Supervisor: Dr. Askari
Current research: Lagrangian relaxation of MILP open pit production scheduling formulation

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Ali Moradi Afrapoli
PhD (2014/09 To Date-Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, , Edmonton, Canada
MSc (2014 – Mining Engineering)
Amir-Kabir University of Technology , Tehran, Iran.
BSc (2010 – Mining Engineering)
Amir-Kabir University of Technology , Tehran, Iran.

Supervisor: Dr. Askari
Current research:

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Luisa Fernanda Montes
M
Sc (2015/01 To Date-Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, , Edmonton, Canada
BSc. (2010 - Mining and Metallurgical Engineering)
National University of Colombia, Medellin, Colombia.

Supervisor: Dr. Askari
Current research:

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Enrique Jelvez Montenegro
PhD
(2012/03 To Date-Mining Engineering)
Universidad de Chile - exchnage at University of Alberta-Canada-Chile Exchange Scholarship
MSc (2011 - Mathematical Engineering)
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
BSc (2009 - Mathematics)
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
Supervisor: Dr. Askari

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Firouz Khodayari
PhD
 (2014/01 To date - Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
MSc (2008-2011, Mining Engineering, Exploitation-Feasibility study)
Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
BSc (2003-2007, Mining Engineering, Exploitation)
Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran

Supervisor: Dr. Pourrahimian
Current research: Quadratic programming (QP) formulation for sequence optimization in block-cave mining under uncertainty condition

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Saha Malaki
MSc
 (2014/09 To date, Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

BSc (2008-2012, Industrial Engineering)
K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Supervisor: Dr. Pourrahimian
Current research: Footprint optimization for block caving mines under uncertainty condition

 

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Eduardo Cervantes
MSc
 (2015/09 To date, Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

BASc (20
11-2015Mining Engineering)
University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Supervisor: Dr. Askari
Current research:


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David Omane 
MSc
 (2015/09 To date, Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

BSc (2007 - 2011, Geomatic Engineering)
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Supervisor: Dr. Pourrahimian & Dr. Liu
Current research: Thermal regimes of a waste rock pile in the arctic.

 

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EfrainUgarte-Zarate
MSc (2015/09 To date, Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
MGeol (2010 - 2011, Mineral Exploration)
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA.
BSc
(1993 - 1999, Geological Engineering)
National University of Saint Antonio Abad, Cusco, Peru.

Supervisors:  Dr. Boisvert and  Dr. Pourrahimian
Current Research: Optimization of drawpoint spacing in block caving

 
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Zeinab Basiri 
MSc (2016/09 To date, Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
BSc (2000 -2004 , Mining Engineering)
Isfahan University of Technology , Isfahan, Iran.

Supervisor: Dr. Pourrahimian
Current research: Transition from surface to underground mining



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Myagmarjav Batsukh 
MSc
(2015/09 To date, Mining Engineering)
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
MEng (2010 - 2013, Petroleum Engineering)
Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia BSc (2004 - 2008, Mining Management)
Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 

Supervisor: Dr. Pourrahimian

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