Yashar Pourrahimian, PhD, PEng

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


Associate Professor, Mining Engineering, 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 Engineering



  • 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 that allows better mine design and optimum operation. The objective of the research group is to focus on fundamental research and to 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

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


MIN E 403 - Mine Design Project II

Second phase of a dynamic scenario-based mine feasibility study from exploration through operations to final mine closure plan. This course follows MIN E 402 with detailed mine plans and equipment selection, manpower, ventilation, processing, environment and economic analyses. Prepare regular team reports and presentations. Present findings during an industry seminar. Weekly seminars with instructor and industry experts. Prerequisite: MIN E 402. Note: Restricted to fourth-year traditional and fifth-year co-op engineering students.

MIN E 413 - Surface Mining Methods and Operations Management

Principles and application of surface mining methods (mechanical, aqueous, and continuous surface mining methods). Production and productivity considering the generation of mine specific landform structures. Loading and hauling systems. Water drainage systems. Haul road design and maintenance. Waste dump and tailings facility design and management. Closure and reclamation. Prerequisites: MIN E 310, 330, 323, and 325.

MIN E 610 - Principles of Mining Engineering

Principles and fundamental subjects in Mining Engineering at the advanced level: definition of the terms used in mining, particularly those that are specific to either mines or minerals. Definition of mineral resource, reserve, and stages of mining based on applicable standards. Classification of mining methods, mining process, and selection of mining equipment. Waste dump design and management.

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