Prof Paul Lever has been the CEO of Mining3 since May 2012 and is the Professor of Mining at the University of Queensland.

Skills and experience

Paul has extensive research experience in the fields of robotic and automated mining systems, smart mining machines and systems and intelligent data analysis techniques. He has worked on projects that include intelligent control algorithms for an automated (robotic) excavator and developing the science of bucket/material interactions to improve the performance of large excavators.

He held several positions at Mining3 prior to becoming CEO that included Research Director, Vice Present for Business Development and Program Leader. Before joining Mining3 in July 2000 he was head of the Mining and Geological Engineering department at the University of Arizona.


Paul obtained a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and received his MSc and PhD in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.