Yashar Pourrahimian, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept

Pronouns: he, him, his

Personal Website: https://sites.ualberta.ca/~pourrahi/yashar.html


Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
(780) 492-5144
6-243 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Mining Planning Production Scheduling Optimization Simulation Artificial Intelligence



  • Ph.D. Mining Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada, 2013
  • M.Sc. Mining Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2003
  • B.Sc. Mining Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Iran, 2001


Research Interests:

My research activities are conducted through Mining and Rock Science Development and Innovation Laboratory (MRDIL) at the University of Alberta. My research strives to use operations research and advanced analytical methods to develop models and solutions for the mining industry, allowing better mine design and optimum operation. The research group's objective is to focus on fundamental research and tackle challenging projects addressing industry needs. 

My research focuses on surface and underground mine planning and optimization. The ongoing research projects fall into the following areas:

  • Long and Short-Term Mine Scheduling for Surface and Underground Mines
  • Underground Stop Boundary and Layout Optimisation
  • Simulation Optimization of Mining Systems
  • Application of the Real Options in Engineering Design and Decision Making
  • Operational Energy Efficiency Optimization in Mining Operations
  • Data-Driven Mine Optimization

I am also part of the industrial research consortium Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) at the University of Alberta.