Executive Team

Mining3 is led by a strong leadership team with diverse backgrounds in research, technology, technology transfer, financial, and legal expertise.

Prof Paul Lever

Chief Executive Officer

Prof Paul Lever was appointed the CEO of Mining3 in May 2012. He is also 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 President 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.

Qualifications:

Prof Lever 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.

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Prof Paul Lever

Susan Grandone

Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Mining3 Canada

Susan was appointed as the COO of Mining3 in August 2018 and the Managing Director, Mining3 Canada in January 2018.

Susan is responsible for leading Mining3 Canada’s activities, and deepening existing and developing new collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, and research organisations in the North American region.

Skills and experience:

Susan joined Mining3 as a Program Director in 2015. Over the past 15 years, Susan has gained significant hands-on operations experience at Freeport-McMoRan, Barrick, Rio Tinto and other global mining companies. She has more than 20+ years of experience leading multi-cultural teams, conducting scientific research, and delivering mega-capital projects and complex scientific studies in mining, industrial, and manufacturing sectors.

Previously Susan worked with CRCMining in 2003 as a Work Area Leader. In this role, she led research projects which investigated  ODC hard rock cutting technology, monitoring while drilling/rock recognition technologies, and optimisation of dig, load and haul practices.

With a professional career focused on the mining industry, Susan brings experience in research, project management, inventing and patenting technology and commercialisation.

Qualifications:

MBA 4.0 GPA – University of Phoenix, 2010
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (Caterpillar), 2002
Project Management (Ernst and Young), 1998
BS – Geology 3.7 GPA – Illinois State University, 1990

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Susan Grandone

Charles Golding

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Charles Golding has worked for Mining3 since 2004 and has held the positions of Business Manager, Commercial Manager and currently the CFO role and Company Secretary.

Charles provides financial and operational services with responsibilities in the maintenance of Mining3’s IP register and all IP protection and patenting procedures.

Skills and experience:

His experience includes 18 years at Price Waterhouse and six years as Finance Director at LSE listed Meikles Africa Ltd. Charles has worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Qualifications:

Australian Chartered Accountant and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Natal.

Additional responsibilities:

CEO of GeoMole Pty Ltd, a Mining3 spin-off company

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Dr Erik Isokangas

Program Director

Erik Isokangas is a specialist in mining process analysis, design, and the implementation of new technologies for current and future mining systems.

Skills and experience:

Erik is a Program Director at Mining3. He leads research in mine process modelling and simulation, integrated mine process design and implementation, and the development of technologies for future mining systems.

Erik previously worked for Metso, a global equipment supplier to the mining industry, most recently as the Director of In-pit Solutions supporting mining customers in the design and feasibility of in-pit crushing and conveying systems. Prior to this, he led a consulting team in Finland, focused on process integration and optimisation for mines in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Erik also worked for Thiess, a major mining contractor, managing and developing new technologies to support mining operations, including productivity monitoring systems, modelling and simulation of complex mining operations, benchmarking, laser-scanning systems, and data visualisation.

Qualifications:

Erik holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Mineral Processing from the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at The University of Queensland.

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Dr Ewan Sellers

Program Director

Ewan Sellers is a specialist in rock mechanics with broad experience in numerical modelling, instrumentation, seismology and blasting.

Skills and experience:

Ewan is a Program Director of Mining3 as well as having an overarching role as the Research Director within the Mineral Resources division at CSIRO. 

He has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years focusing on hard rock mining.  His most recent role was as a Manager – Mine Process Solutions with JKTech in Brisbane. Ewan has led a similar research group in South Africa and worked as a consultant involved with improvements across the value chain in several mining companies.  

Qualifications:

PhD in Geomechanics from the University of Cape Town.

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Dr Ewan Sellers

Dr Thierry Peynot

Program Director

Thierry Peynot provides leadership and oversight for research associated with the advancement of robotics and autonomous systems in mining. Thierry is also Associate Professor and the Mining3 Chair in Robotics at QUT.

Skills and experience

Thierry joined Mining3 as Technology Leader in 2016 and is an Associate Professor within the Science and Engineering Faculty at QUT, where he has worked since 2014, first as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer. Prior to that, he was a Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, The University of Sydney.

Thierry is a robotics researcher with extensive experience in field robotics, multi-modal sensor fusion and resilient perception in challenging environments. Prior to his role at Mining3 he has led several research programs funded by both industry (in particular aerospace and defence, such as BAE Systems) and research organisations, developing and patenting robust, multi-sensor navigation technology that can function despite adverse environmental conditions.

He has also worked on space robotics projects at LAAS-CNRS in France and at NASA Ames Research Centre in California.

His current research interests focus on mobile robotics and autonomous systems in challenging environments such as mining, and include in particular: resilient perception, multimodal sensing, sensor data fusion, robotic vision, mapping and localisation, and terrain traversability estimation for unmanned ground vehicles.

Qualifications

Thierry holds an Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation, and a Masters degree in Automatic Systems which he undertook at the National Polytechnic Institute Toulouse, France (INPT). He received his PhD in Robotics from the University of Toulouse, France, where he was also an Associate Lecturer.