Associate Professor Mehmet Kizil

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
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0405 440 344


Associate Professor Mehmet Kizil is currently the mining engineering program leader in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at The University of Queensland. Mehmet received his bachelor of mining engineering from Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey in 1986. He then went to England to complete his PhD with the University of Nottingham. In 1993, he returned to Turkey where he worked as assistant professor at the University of Dokuz Eylul. Mehmet joined UQ in 1996 and since then has contributed to the education of more than 800 mining engineering graduates.

A national award-winning lecturer, Mehmet’s teaching and learning innovations have been recognised by both students and colleagues achieving numerous School, Faculty, University and National teaching awards. In 2018, Mehmet has become a Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow. He has past experience as an Engineering Researcher and Academic in universities around the world, including the United Kingdom, Turkey and Australia.

Mehmet’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of:

• Mine planning and design

• Mining systems - production analysis and improvement

• Computer applications and virtual reality in mining

• Mine ventilation

Research Interests

  • Advanced Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Techniques
    Assoc Prof Mehmet Kizil has 20 years of research into using advanced computer graphics and virtual reality for the benefit of teaching and learning as well as industry applications. Applications have been developed in conjunction with various research centres and mining companies in the areas of: data visualisation, education and training, environmental monitoring application, accident reconstructions, simulation applications, risk analysis, and hazard awareness applications.
  • Improving Safety and Productivity of Mining Operations
    Assoc. Prof Mehmet Kizil has been involved in a large number of industry supported projects to improve mining systems efficiencies, productivity and safety. Some examples include the development of a real-time dragline diggability index and coal seam gas portable analyser which identifies within a few minutes a range of different coal seam gases and measures their concentrations directly at the point of sampling, coring or extraction.
  • Innovative Curriculum, Course and Teaching Space Design
    Assoc Prof Mehmet Kizil has been involved in introducing relevant and contemporary courses using innovative teaching techniques, using the most up-to-date computer software and hardware technology from mining engineering in my teaching and courses, designing and developing a state-of-the-art multi-purpose teaching and learning laboratory for engineering students, preparing students for the challenges of the real world by using project-based learning with real industry projects, encouraging students to participate in their learning process and encouraging interactive and problem-solving approaches and experimenting with innovative peer assessment and communication methods for group assignments to fairly assess individual contributions and maximise student learning. He also played a leading role in developing a common national mining curriculum for Mining Education Australia. These initiatives resulted in him receiving many teaching awards at university and national levels.

Research Impacts

Assoc Prof Mehmet Kizil has been involved in a large number of research projects with a budget of more than $3 million. His research can be divided into two categories: teaching and learning related research and industry focused applied research. Teaching and learning related research usually involved developing up-to-date innovative course materials, learning techniques or software tools to enhance teaching and learning of future mining engineering students. These projects have been supported by the university or industry. His other applied research projects always involved at least an industry partner to solve a problem, develop tools to measure or monitor processes to enhance productivity, efficiency, economics or safety. His research sponsors include ACARP, Newcrest Mining Ltd., CRCTiME, MRIWA, SIMTARS, Rio Tinto, Xstrata, BHP, Anglo American, Origin Energy and Iluka Resources.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham
  • Bachelor of Science, Izmir University


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Book Chapter

  • Soofastaei, Ali, Knights, Peter and Kizil, Mehmet (2018). Application of advanced data analytics to improve haul trucks energy efficiency in surface mines. Extracting innovations: mining, energy, and technological change in the digital age. (pp. 163-179) edited by Martin J. Clifford, Robert K. Perrons, Saleem H. Ali and Tim A. Grice. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Soofastaei, Ali, Karimpour, Elnaz, Knights, Peter and Kizil, Mehmet (2018). Energy-efficient loading and hauling operations. Energy Efficiency in the Minerals Industry: Best Practices and Research Directions. (pp. 121-146) edited by Kwame Awuah-Offei. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-54199-0_7

  • Knights, B and Kizil, M.S (2012). An analysis of the SAFEMine Global Positioning System Collision Avoidance System. Mining education Australia: research projects review 2011. (pp. 23-29) edited by Paul Hagan. Carton, VIC, Australia: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Aminossadati, Saiied, Bowen, Warwick, Sheridan, Eoin, Amanzadeh, Mohammad and Kizil, Mehmet (2013). An innovative fibre optic based methane sensor. C20014 Brisbane, Australia: ACARP.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision