Erkan Topal

School of Mining and Geosciences


BSc. in Mining Engineering, SDU, Turkey, 1993

MSc. in Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, USA,1998

MSc. in Mineral Economics, Colorado School of Mines,  USA, 2002

Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines,  USA, 2003

Employment :

  • 2016-Present., Dean School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • 2009-2016., Professor and Head of Mining Engineering, Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University, Australia.
  • 2006-2009., Senior Lecturer, Mining Engineering Department, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Summer 2007., Strategic Mine Planning Department, Pilbara Iron Ore District, Rio Tinto, Perth, Australia.
  • 2003-2006, Assistant Professor, Mining Engineering Department, Dicle University, Turkey.
  • Aug. 2005-Dec.2005., Research Associate, Mining Engineering Department, Research Chair & BHP Billiton Chair in Mine Planning Optimization, McGill University, Canada.
  • Summer 2001., Research Associate in Kiruna Mine, Sweden.
  • 1997-2003., Teaching Assistant, at Colorado School of Mines, Mining Engineering Department, Colorado, U.S.A.
  • 1994- 1996., Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant, Mining Engineering Department, Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey.
  • 1993-1994., Second Shift Supervisor, and Assistant Manager, Modul Marble Company, Turkey.

Area of Expertise and Projects:

  • Surface and Underground Mine Planning and Optimisation

–Mine Waste Dump Scheduling

–Long and Short Term Mine Scheduling for Surface and Underground mines

–Application of the Real Options in Engineering Design and Decision Making

–Mine equipment Scheduling  Based on Maintenance Cost

–Risk evaluation in Strategic Planning for Open Cut Mines

–Optimisation and Scheduling Model for a Continues Mining Operation

  • Mineral and Energy Economics

–Project Evaluation Using Real Option Approach and Market Modelling

–Non-renewable Energy Market Modelling and Future Forecasting