Saffet Yagiz

School of Mining and Geosciences
Associate professor

Associate Professor,

  • School of Mining and Geosciences (SMG), Nazarbayev University

Previous to SMG:

  • – Faculty member, Faculty of Engineering, Pamukkale University, (2003-2017) TR
  • – Visiting scholar, Mineral Engineering, Penn State University, (April-August, 2012)
  • – Research associate, Earth Mechanics Institute of CSM (1998-2002), USA

Industrial Experience:

-Consulting for various mining & geotechnical companies in nationwide (2003- )

-Research associate for various TBM projects at EMI in worldwide (1998-2002)


– PhD., Mining Engineering, 2002, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado

– M.S., Geological Engineering, 1997, University of Missouri, Missouri

– B.S., Geological Engineering, 1992, Ankara University, Turkey

Academic Activities:

  • Undergraduate Courses

-Engineering Geology

-Rock Mechanics



-Geology for Civil Engineers

-Soil Mechanics

  • Graduate Courses

-Engineering Geology & Geotechnics

-Advanced Rock Mechanics

-Rock Excavation Methods

-Case studies in Geotechnics

-Advanced Geotechnics

  • Research Activities:

-Development of generalized model for predicting TBM performance in rocks

-Development of suggested/standardized test for measuring rock brittleness

-Relations between brittleness indices and TBM performance in rock mass

  • Educational Innovation:

-Development of new updated document for rock mechanics and tunneling

-Collaboration of SMG and Industry for graduate students and research

-Using construction field and laboratory for graduate education rather than class

Current Research Projects:

  • Modelling for predicting tunnel boring machine (TBM) performance in fractured rock mass

by collaborating with available companies/researchers in worldwide

  • Developing method for measuring /assessing intact rock brittleness

by collaborating with scientists and institutes relevant with subject

  • Relationship between various rock brittleness indices obtained with various methods  and TBM performance

by collaborating with researchers and companies in worldwide