Sergei Sabanov

School of Mining and Geosciences
Associate Professor

Associate Professor, School of Mining and Geosciences, Nazarbayev University


  • Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting (UK) 
  • Senior Researcher/Lecturer, Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Mining
  • Mining Engineer, Estonian Oil Shale Mining Company (Eesti Põlevkivi Ltd.) 

Degree (All at Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Mining):

  • PhD in Power Engineering and  Geotechnology, 2008
  • MSc in Mining Engineering, 2004
  • BSc in Mining Engineering, 2002


  • Keynote speaker at the 8th International Conference ‘RLEPT8’, September 14-18, Tallinn, 2009, Estonia
  • Diploma for the 3rd place at the International Forum of Young Researchers,  St. Petersburg Mining Institute (State University), Russia, 2008
  • Archimedes Scholarship for externship at Colorado School of Mines, USA, March-April, 2008
  • Diploma for the 3rd place at the International Forum of Young Researchers,  St. Petersburg Mining Institute (State University), Russia, 2007
  • Erasmus Scholarship for externship at Dicle University, Turkey, March-June, 2007
  • Mati Jostov Name Award, Estonia, 2006
  • Archimedes Scholarship for externship at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, April-May, 2006

Academic Activities:

Teaching Courses 

  • MINE100 Introduction to Natural Resources Extraction 
  • Mine500 Foundation of Mining
  • MINE513 Rock Excavation Methods
  • MINE514 Advanced Surface Mine Design
  • MINE516 Advanced Mine Ventilation
  • MINE517 Mine Management and Sustainability
  • MINE519 Mining Automation and Maintenance
  • Mine 7xx Advanced Strategic Mine Planning  


Education Activities:

  • Industry & SMG collaboration for the explosive engineering field program
  • Integration of lab and mine site activities for mine ventilation education 
  • Teaching using optimisation and design software to solve advanced topics in mining industry

Research Interests:

  • Mine Ventilation Simulation
  • Rock Fragmentation Optimisation Methods
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management Methodologies in Mining Projects
  • Mine Optimisation, Mine Planning and Mine Design for Reserve Estimate
  • Strategic Mine Planning
  • Mine Automation and Communication systems: Production Monitoring, Remote Operations and Blasting, Intelligent Ventilation Control…
  • Sustainability Assessment Methods for Mining Industry
  • Oil Shale In-Situ Retorting

Research Projects:

  • Risk Analysis Methodology for Automated Mine Ventilation Systems

-Funding by NU internal grants funds

-PI Dr. Sergei Sabanov

  • Automated truck on KAMAZ wheelbase 5490 NEO

-Funding by VIST Group company

-PI Dr. Sergei Sabanov

  • Mine Ventilation Optimisation

-Potential funding by Kazakhstan Mining companies 

-PI Dr. Sergei Sabanov